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Galbally Community Centre Comes Alive with Culture

Galbally Community Centre was buzzing with energy and colour on Sunday 4th October with a vast array of cultures from across the world on offer to celebrate World Culture Day.

This event coincided with other events across the region as part of Community Relations Week. A huge crowd gathered to experience a wonderful display of food, dance, music, arts and crafts from a range of exhibitors. From Polish, Chinese, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Ulster Scots, Thai, Portuguese, Irish & Indian cultures being showcased, this was an opportunity for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the rich diversity within society.

This was the first event of its kind in Galbally and the large crowd enjoyed the opportunity to experience a vast range of food and participate in various cultural traditions and activities. Local primary school children from St. Joseph’s Primary School had been busy preparing small pieces of art which were showcased in the parade and at the exhibition stands at the event.

Bronagh Murtagh, Youth & Community Worker at Galbally Community Centre, expressed her delight at how the event went. “This was an ambitious project that involved partnerships with Rural Community Network, STEP and SELB Youth Service. With their support and help we were able to stage a wonderful celebration of culture. We can’t thank all of our various contributors who made it such a special day.” The feedback from attendees was extremely positive with one parent sharing on the Galbally Community Centre Facebook Page that her “children learned more in two hours about different cultures than they would in their entire lifetime reading books.”

Charmain Jones from Rural Community Network also expressed her delight with the success of the event. Charmain said “It was the enthusiasm and willingness of the various cultures to be part of the celebration that was truly astounding. There was a real energy in the room from the start and the hall was full to capacity. Seeing everyone interacting and experiencing each other’s cultures was a fantastic sight.”

This event was supported by the International Fund for Ireland via the Peace Impact Programme and the Xchange Programme.