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A celebration of global cultures is set to take place over St Patrick’s weekend in the city as the Ubuntu Festival of World Traditions 2017 returns to the Craft Village on Saturday 18th March, bringing together local communities for a multi-cultural carnival.

Derry City and Strabane District Council, who organise the event which is supported by its Good Relations team are now calling on all artists, performers and community groups interested in taking part to register their interest.

Sharon Meenan, Festival and Events Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “From 12.00 noon until 4.00pm on 18th March, what is known as the ‘hidden jewel in the city’s crown – the Craft Village’, will host the many different cultures, customs and traditions practiced by people living in the city and district.

“The Ubuntu Festival of World Traditions aims to promote global diversity by allowing everyone an opportunity to experience some of the many different cultures that exist in our council area and beyond.

“The family friendly event will feature a number of activities including music and performance, arts and crafts, storytelling, exhibitions and much more and Council is now seeking expressions of interest for participation in the programme of events and delivery of these activities.

“Performances representing diverse ethnic cultures and British, Irish and Ulster Scots identities are welcomed as is musicians and DJ’s with skills and repertoire in World Music. This is an opportunity for both paid, professional work and voluntary/community performances and all applications are welcome. Further information can be found at Council’s website at www.derrystrabane.com.”

The deadline for the return of applications which can be downloaded from the website is Wednesday 1st February at 5.00pm. These should be completed and returned to Sharon Meenan, Festival and Events Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council via email atsharon.meenan@derrystrabane.com or by post to Sharon Meenan, Events officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Rd, Derry, BT48 7NN.

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