Celebration of diversity at Asian Irish festival of multiculturalism
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.
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.