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2014 Outreach Programme

Jan - June

The first half of the Outreach Programme 2014 continued the success and impact from the 2013 activities. Workshops in Music, Dance & Art took place across the province in Belfast, Ballymena, Banbridge, Ballymena, Castlewellan, Dungannon & Omagh.
St Patrick's Primary Burrenreagh, Castlewellan, hosted the first WOMAD workshop programme of 2014. Funded by Down District Council Good Relations Unit in partnership with the Down Arts Centre, school children took part in a series of Brazilian Dance workshops leading to a performance within the St Patrick's Day Carnival 17th March in Downpatrick where they were joined in the carnival by a samba band and professional Brazilian dancers. The school children will be Pupils from St Patrick's School also performed the Brazilian Dance at the WOMAD Showcase event, Skainos, Belfast on the 20th June.

The St Patrick's Carnival in Belfast that took place on Sunday 16th March also saw some WOMAD action. In partnership with The Beat Carnival and funded through Belfast City Council, young people in North & West Belfast through a series of workshops learned & showcase Ugandan and Brazilian Dances as part of the Carnival.

Beyond Skin/WOMAD Showcase Event

As part of Community Relations Week 15th - 21st June encompassing Refugee Day & World Music Day, WOMAD workshops took place in Dungannon, Castlewellan, Ballymena, Belfast, Dromore & Omagh.

St Patrick's College Dungannon students learned and showcased Polish & Jamaican dance whilst also the college hosting a world arts event with Thai, Indian, Ugandan, Polish, Jamaican music, arts & dance workshops. The programme was funded by Dungannon and Tyrone Borough Council.

In Belfast John Paul Youth Club Ardoyne and Fort William Youth Club Mount Vernon took up the challenge of learning Jamaican & Ugandan dance and traveled to the Ballymena WOMAD showcase gala to perform their routines to an audience. Project funded by Policing & Community Safety Partnership.

Fair Hill Primary in Dromore decided to abandon all drums and use their body as an instrument working with musicians from Ireland and Venezuela in a body percussion workshop. They showcased their performance at the Belfast event.

St. Brigids Primary, Dunclug College, Ballykeel Youth Club and Waveney Youth Club Ballymena all fell in love with the culture of Zimbabwe - thanks to the group SIYAYA who were in residence in Ballymena. All groups learned a routine involving singing dancing and drumming and performed at the Belfast & Ballymena showcase events. The SIYAYA programme was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ballymena Council in partnership with Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum.

Letting It All Go

Back in Belfast Nettlefield Primary worked with guest Jamaican artists Ripton Lindsay to perfect a Jamaican Dance they performed at the Belfast event.

As part of the Omagh Midsummers Carnival school children from Omagh took part in WOMAD Brazilian Dance workshops. The children then performed as part of the carnival along with professional Brazilian dancers and a samba band!

The Community Relations Week WOMAD programme was part funded by Community Relations Council.
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