Ballymena North hosts cultural fusion extravaganza

Alderman William McNeilly, Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim meets the Chinese Lion with Ivy Goddard MBE from the Inter-Ethnic Forum (MEA), Nisha Tandon MBE (ArtseKta) and Jane Dunlop (Good Relations Officer for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council).
Alderman William McNeilly, Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim meets the Chinese Lion with Ivy Goddard MBE from the Inter-Ethnic Forum (MEA), Nisha Tandon MBE (ArtseKta) and Jane Dunlop (Good Relations Officer for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council).

With reggae music, Irish dancing, South Asian Dance and even a Chinese Lion Dance as just some of the stunning entertainment on offer, a ‘Celebrating Diversity in Mid and East Antrim’ event has just proved a great success – with more to come this weekend.

Held at Ballymena North Centre, the recent performances were officially opened by Alderman William McNeilly, Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough.

The evening saw performances from local and regional performers, including the Nine Glens School of Irish Dance, South Asian Dance Academy, Polish Strawberries, Los Dramaticos Musicians, Karma School of Dance, reggae band Magwere, and a stunning finale with the Artsekta Chinese Lion Dance.

Supported by the Executive Office, through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme, these events have been organised in conjunction with the Inter Ethnic Forum (Mid and East Antrim) and Artsekta.

Ald McNeilly said afterwards: “It is great to see so many people from all areas of the world gathered in Ballymena North to Celebrate Diversity in Mid and East Antrim.”

Alderman William McNeilly, Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough and Robin Swann MLA enjoying the food and fun at Saturdays Celebrating Diversity event in Ballymena North

Alderman William McNeilly, Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough and Robin Swann MLA enjoying the food and fun at Saturdays Celebrating Diversity event in Ballymena North