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Sligo Folk Park to go Multi-cultural

Preparations are now well advanced for the forthcoming International Multicultural Day which is to be held at Sligo Folk Park, in Riverstown, Co. Sligo on Sunday 5th April.

The aim of the event, which is being funded by the Integration Unit of the Office of the Minister for Integration is to celebrate cultural diversity and foster greater understanding of the different nationalities and ethnic groups who have come to live in Ireland in recent years.

Organising the event has been a the job of Sligo Folk Park’s Manager, Martin McAndrew who has been ably assisted by four students of tourism from IT Sligo Hilda Sheridan, Donna Gibbons, Ann-Marie Fleming and Mairead Sherida. Post event, the four students will present a case study of the event to their lecturer, Joanna Sweeney, as part of their event management modular of the Business in Tourism Honours Degree.

The line up for the event is now finalised and it boasts an impressive line up of attractions, activities and entertainment, with something for all the family. The response received from a range of nationalities eager to participate and showcase produce, art and crafts has been overwhelming.

On the day between 1pm and 6pm visitors can expect to enjoy an authentic French Market which will be hosted in the Courtyard area, inside in on “The Street” there will be an array of ethnic food and craft stalls showcasing Polish, German foods and henna tattoos plus much more.

To create a great atmosphere there will be live music with Tommy Beirne who will be accompanied by African Drummers. The Riverstown Branch of Comhaltas will play traditional Irish music and the crowd will be able to also enjoy a set dancing demonstration. Brining a touch of the exotic to proceedings will be ArtsEkta’s Indian and Mexican dancers.

As visitors stroll around they will no doubt come into contact with Nemo Le Magicien from France who will amaze and astound with his repertoire of magic tricks. Originally from Australia, Ted Hall is an accomplished story teller and he will be delighting young and old alike with tales from far and wide in the Millview House.

For the smaller visitors the bouncy castles and super-slides will tire them out, which is great news in any language for parents and guardians!

All the while, the grounds of Sligo Folk Park will be open for visitors to enjoy and facilities on site include the Millview Restaurant and Gift Shop.

On the day a free courtesy bus service will operate between Sligo and Riverstown, buses will depart from the Tesco Car Park at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm and 2.45pm. Return journeys to Sligo will depart Riverstown from 4.30pm onwards.

More details on the International Multicultural Day can be obtained by calling 071 9165001/086 2356688, e-mail sligofolkpark@eircom.net and are online at www.sligofolkpark.com

Pictured in the attached photograph taken on “The Street” at Sligo Folk Park are event organisers:
Mairead Sheridan, Hilda Sheridan, Ann-Marie Fleming.

Sligo Folk Park

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