Celebrate diversity in Ards and North Down at grANDfest!

Thursday 17th January 2019

Celebrating local and ethnic diversity from across the Borough with 6 new events in February and March. GrAND Festivals will take place in Donaghadee, Newtownards, Bangor, Ballygowan, Holywood and Portaferry.

Colourful GrandFest logo

Ards and North Down Borough Council Good Relations is delighted to announce new GrAND Festivals this February and March, events across the Borough which will celebrate cultures from across the world and how they integrate in today’s new and vibrant Ards and North Down.

Those who work, live and play in the Ards and North Down are invited to come along and join with an exciting programme of cultural food, music and dance.

The Borough is filled with families, businesses and community organisations that embrace cultural influences from other parts of the world, and AND Good Relations work to ensure that these influences are celebrated and shared.

This will be done by bringing a collection of fantastic cultural activities all in to one room and one big party.

Activities at the GrAND Festivals will include:

  • World food tasting sessions with local Chef Kim A. Close
  • Community Tribal Drumming
  • African Djembe drumming
  • Egyptian, Brazilian, Chinese and Polish folk dancing demos
  • Music from Russia, Africa, Spain, South America, Ulster Scots, Irish Trad
  • Ethic art workshops
  • Information stalls
  • Henna Hand painting

Join us for these fantastic, FREE family events in Donaghadee Community Centre Friday 8th February 6-9pm; the Queens Hall, Newtownards Saturday 9th February 2-5pm; Hamilton Hub, Bangor Friday 15th February  6-9pm and Ballygowan Community Centre Saturday 16th February 2-5pm.

In March, GrAND Festivals will take place in Holywood Family Trust, Holywood Friday 15 March 6-9pm and in St Patrick’s Community Centre, Portaferry Saturday 16 March 2-5pm