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SECA pledges to deliver popular Diwali Festival despite funding setback

Thursday, 9 August 2018

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STRABANE Ethnic Community Association (SECA) says its annual three day Diwali festival will return later this year despite a funding setback.
Last week it emerged that the local community group has received no funding from Derry City and Strabane District Council's (DCSDC) Community Festival Fund.
In previous years the group has been successful in attaining 5,000 in grant monies from the fund to go towards the annual festival but it has since been informed by council that its most recent application has been turned down.
Council said the fund is open to all local festivals and is allocated through a 'competitive scheme' with all requests assessed on 'the basis of merit and meeting the core criteria of the scheme'.
A DCSDC spokesperson added: "This is an open and transparent process which is strictly regulated and applicants who wish to avail of feedback are encouraged to contact council directly."
The Hindu cross-community festival - also known as the Festival of Lights - is one of the most successful events in Strabane's events calendar and thrives year on year.
It features hundreds of people including over 600 children from six local schools, workshops and a huge finale celebration of Indian food, music, dance and fashion.
It had been feared that its 2018 event was in jeopardy due to the funding rejection however SECA says it is determined to push ahead with its plans and is committed to the delivery of the event in November.
See full story in this week's edition.

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