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Mid and East Antrim Borough celebrates diversity with cuisine, dance and song

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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 who said that the audience was treated to not only some wonderful international cuisine but also to spectacular song and dance.

Ald McNeilly said afterwards: “This has been a wonderful evening of colour and culture and 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.

“People from across the Borough turned up and really enjoyed this colourful, fun and vibrant event that was very important and significant to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

“We want everyone who lives, works and plays in Mid and East Antrim to feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated,” he added.

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.

The last in the series will take place on Saturday 18 March, from 12 noon to 2:00 pm in Carrickfergus Town Hall.

All are welcome with more information available from: Janet Shearer (Carrickfergus office), [email protected] T: 028 9335 8312 or Jane Dunlop (Ballymena office), [email protected] T: 028 2563 3141.

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