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.