Cel­e­bra­tion of di­ver­sity at Asian Ir­ish fes­ti­val of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By MARY FOGARTY

THE Asian/Ir­ish Cul­tural Fes­ti­val cel­e­brated di­ver­sity, mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and in­te­gra­tion be­tween Ir­ish, Asian and all com­mu­ni­ties last Sun­day af­ter­noon in the Har­bour Bar.

This was the fifth anniversar­y of the fes­ti­val and once again, hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tended the day of free fam­ily ori­ented events.

The day included mar­tial arts, food, dance and more.

There was a demon­stra­tion of one of the old­est forms of Ja­panese sword mar­tial arts called Ka­tori Shinto Ruy from Brin Byrn, sufi mu­sic from the In­dian Clas­si­cal Mu­sic So­ci­ety of Ire­land, tra­di­tional Ir­ish danc­ing from Scoil Rince Fainne and the Dowl­ing School of Ir­ish Danc­ing.

There was also tra­di­tional Chines, Ja­panese and In­done­sian danc­ing, as well as belly danc­ing with Zo­ryanna and a per­for­mance by Bol­ly­wood Fu­sion Ire­land.

There were origami and Ja­panese writ­ing work­shops, as well as Henna art demon­stra­tions, mu­sic from Viet­nam and a tin whis­tle per­for­mance with an Asian twist.

For the fash­ion-minded there were sari and ki­mono shows, and food­ies en­joyed the cui­sine of In­done­sia, In­dia, Pak­istan, Ja­pan, China and Ire­land of course. With tea be­ing an Ir­ish institutio­n, fes­ti­val goers were given an in­sight into how the world’s big­gest pro­ducer of tea, China, drinks theirs with a demon­stra­tion of tea prepa­ra­tion and cus­toms. The themes of in­te­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism were at the heart of what was a fas­ci­nat­ing and fun day.

Ai­dan Byrne, a prac­ti­tioner of Ka­tori Shinto, demon­strates sword draw­ing.

Jennifer Wang and Lisa Chen.

Aliha Saleem adn Wiki Tan­ska from Daata Tan­dori.

Sad­hbh Kelly and Ni­cole O’Ke­effe from the Scoil Rince Fáinne.

Zhin­ing Wang.

Hiroko Kase, Yumi Wilde, Yui Shi­mazu, Ya­suko Skelly, Mat­suyo Miyai wear­ing tra­di­tional Ja­panese ki­monos.

Elis­a­bet Kristyan­ingsih, Erna O’Con­nell,. Cito Murphy who were per­form­ing tra­di­tional In­done­sian dances.

Emma White, Jospe­hine Choo, Lu Ling, Nicky Wu, Zhin­ing Wang, Jas­mine White wear­ing Mon­go­lian folk dance costume.

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