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Connections Roots Orchestra Concert @ The Lyric Theatre
Mar 29 @ 7:45 pm

ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland’s leading ethnic arts organisation, proudly presents a free showcase evening embracing diversity through the music of India, Bangladesh, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, India, Ireland and Spain.

Join us on a special musical journey as twelve local musicians come together with the voices of the Roskina Russian & Harmony North Choirs, led by Belfast native, international composer and Uilleann piper, Neil Martin.

Over the last number of years the musicians have been taking part in what has been described as a truly innovative musical experience. During their time together they explored how world music is interconnected, exploring and sharing music from different cultures and genres on ethnic percussion, tambura, guitar, vocals, violin, piano and the Indian Sitar. This organic and enlightening process has culminated in a final performance showcasing the ‘connections’ of our people and our cultures.

Principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland with support from Community Relations Council


Celebrate Refugees’ Welcome in Derry-Londonderry @ Foyle Arena
Apr 30 all-day

Dancers, drummers, musicians, Cooks and dress makers from all different ethnic backgrounds are being called on to come forward and get involved in the biggest cultural interchange ever staged in the city.

Get your tickets by emailing North West Migrant Forum

The North West Migrants Forum will play host to a celebration of culture and diversity, bringing together people from all different walks of life, to honour our differences and embrace them.

It is also a time to mark the first anniversary of Derry establishing itself as a leading light in humanitarianism in taking in refugees.

It was in May of last year that 11 Syrian refugee families arrived in Derry hoping to make it their home, joining other refugees and migrants in the city from places as diverse as Pakistan, Egypt, the Congo, China, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Throughout 2016, around 400 Syrians arrived in Northern Ireland, with the province being heralded as leading the way on refugee resettlement in the UK.

To mark this, the North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) is playing host to a series of workshops that will culminate in the biggest Intercultural interchange in the city.

Participants will be asked to work together and prepare over the course of six weeks for a final event that will be held in the Foyle Arena on April 30, 2017.

It will be a great opportunity for anyone who wants to take part in any of the following events:

–       Syrian traditional music and dance,

–       A mash up of Irish, Syrian and African dance,

–       Traditional music focused on African drums,

–       Learn more about Irish and Ulster Scots music,

–       Get involved in dress making from a wide range of different cultures,

–       Participate in a mash up of Indian and Syrian dancing.
In the six weeks leading up to the event, two workshops will be run: one to teach a group of people about dance and music traditions from different parts of the world, and another to teach a group of people about different intercultural dress-making traditions.

Participation in these workshops is completely free and is being sought from different communities. If you are interested in taking part or facilitating at any of the workshops contact :

Orlando De Gregorio at orlando.degregorio@nwmf.org.uk or call 02871 362184 for more information.

The Deadline for those who want to facilitate workshops have to contact NWMF by Friday 10 March 2017.

To access an Expression of Interest Form / Forms please go to the NWMF website – News section, Download the expression of Interest forms – Fill the in and return to our Office in person or email to :
Orlando De Gregorio at orlando.degregorio@nwmf.org.uk

Facilitators must be available to start facilitating workshops from week beginning 20 March 2017.



Celebrate Refugee Welcome in Derry-Londonderry @ Foyle Arena
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
nwmfIn May 2016 Derry-Londonderry welcomed 11 Syrian Refugee families from Syria who have since made Derry-Londonderry their home! However, there are refugees who made Derry-Londonderry their home in the recent years.  To celebrate and show our appreciation to everyone who played a key role to welcome and support refugees and to celebrate Derry-Londonderry as a multicultural place,  North West Migrants Forum are organising an intercultural and communication celebration event showcasing some of the diversity that exists in Derry-Londonderry.

The event will feature the following; • Syrian traditional Music and Dance •  A mash up of Irish, Syrian and African Dance •  Traditional Musical Instrument and drums focusing on Japanese and African drums •  A taste of the World; Intercultural foods programme; learning how to cook meals enjoyed by different cultures with a focus to Syrian, Chinese and Congolese foods   • Ulster Scots Music • Intercultural fashion and design •  A mash up of Indian and Syrian dance

Entry: £3 per person, £5 per family  

Tickets can be purchased through the North West Migrants Forum website or call in to NWMF.  If you would like to take part in any of the above activities, please contact us @ info@nwmf.org.uk. There are opportunities to learn African, Syrian, Japanese and Indian dances, music and great traditional recipes.  For lovers of fashion, there is an opportunity to design and make a traditional African, Syrian and Indian outfit.

All activities are open to people between 13 years and above.