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THE BEST of Ir­ish and Asian cul­ture was cel­e­brated in a fes­ti­val last Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Har­bour bar.

Su­san Jack­son from Ire­land and Rie Maruyama from Ja­pan or­gan­ised the event to cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and in­te­gra­tion be­tween Ir­ish, Asian and all com­mu­ni­ties in Bray, Dublin and fur­ther afield.

There was a great turnout for the day, with at­trac­tions in­clud­ing a demon­stra­tion of Ja­panese sword mar­tial arts called Ka­tori Shinto Ruy.

There were origami work­shops, music by Ir­ish band Soidín and a per­for­mance by Retrofix. There was also tra­di­tional Ir­ish danc­ing with the Lisa Marie Berry and the Dowl­ing schools of dance, a ki­mono work­shop, and Asian in­spired fu­sion cuisins.

The day also in­cluded face paint­ing and St Brigid’s cross mak­ing, as well as tra­di­tional dances from In­done­sia, Jakarta, Java, Su­ma­tra, and Bali.

An­other ad­di­tion to the bill was the singing of tra­di­tional In­done­sian songs ac­com­pa­nied by a harp like tra­di­tional in­stru­ment called a sasando, which was played by Adhi Henu.

In­done­sian mu­si­cian Fali Wilmer was also there.

Rie, who hails from Ja­pan but con­sid­ers Ire­land her spir­i­tual home, be­gan giv­ing free tin whis­tle lessons in the Har­bour Bar and since then stu­dents from as far away as Korea, Brazil and Ja­pan have flocked to Fleadh Cheoil medal win­ner Rie’s classes to soak up a lit­tle bit of Ir­ish cul­ture, while spread­ing their own.

Of course stu­dents closer to home have joined the class. Spain, Italy, Aus­tria and Ire­land (of course!) are just some of the other na­tion­al­i­ties that have at­tended classes and they treated fes­ti­val go­ers to ren­di­tions of tra­di­tional Ir­ish and Ja­panese songs such as ‘Maid Be­hind the Bar’ and ‘Momiji’.

Achi, Shakitta, Iza and Shaina who per­formed the Cublak Suweng dance from Cen­tral Java at the Asian-Ir­ish Fes­ti­val in the Har­bour Bar on Sun­day.

Okky TR, Wi­nar Mi, Mildka Sil­viana and Mogi Na­dia Browne, who per­formed Tor­tor Dance from North Su­ma­tra.

Cal­ista Na­bila Zakira, who per­formed the Tend­ing Sri Wi­jaya dance from south Su­ma­tra; (left) orangis­ers Su­san Jack­son and Rie Maruyama.

Sarah Power, Nuri West and Erna O’Con­nell, who per­formed the Yapong dance from Jakarta.

Meghan Jaden Woot­ton and Joyita Kayla Woolt­ton, who per­formed Puspa Jali dance from Bali.

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