New Cork festival to highlight cultures of the world

New Cork festival to highlight cultures of the world
Members of the Mexican community in Cork city, who will take part in the new festival.

A MULTICULTURAL festival, showcasing the cultures and traditions of people from all over the world, is coming to Cork this May.

On May 11, New Communities Partnership (NCP) will bring its festival, which promises traditional dance, dress, and performances from around the world, to Bishop Lucey Park.

Featured on the line-up for the free event will be performances and stalls from diverse countries, including from Brazil, Mexico, Romania, Turkey, Kenya, India, Sudan, Nigeria, and Ireland.

This event is open to all and promises attractions to delight people young and old.

“This festival will bring together the whole community in Cork to celebrate and enjoy a unique experience in the heart of the city,” said NCP Cork Programme coordinator Jeannett Taku.

“As someone who has been living in Cork for many years now, I love and admire this city and its culture.

“The people here have made me — and all those who are performing — feel welcome and have readily introduced us to some of the best parts of the Irish culture,” she added. “Our multicultural festival will enable us to return the favour by introducing the people of Cork to the best of our cultures.

“This will be a day for people of all nationalities, religions, backgrounds and ethnicities to mix together and to have some fun — hopefully in some sunshine.”

This event is being organised by New Communities Partnership, in collaboration with Cork City Council and the Department of Justice and Equality.

The event will start at 12pm and run until 6pm in Bishop Lucey Park with no booking required.

Attendees are invited to come to see people of nations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe in their traditional dress, showcasing their music and dance throughout the day.

The groups involved will also be displaying artefacts from their country and will be happy to discuss their origins, meanings, and cultural significance with anyone who asks. There will also be face painting for children. NCP is an independent national network of more than 150 immigrant-led groups comprising 65 nationalities with offices in Cork and Dublin.

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