East Belfast Cultural & Community Diversity Festival took place on
August 19th 2019
community around the Willowfield Church in East Belfast dressed up in a show of
cultural and community diversity which culminated in a parade to a festival in
event was organised by Radius Housing as part of the Together Building a United
Community Strategy. Radius’ Global Crescent is one of the first ‘shared
housing’ schemes developed under the T:BUC Strategy. The housing association
has been working on a number of community and good relations initiatives in the
wider area, culminating in this Cultural Diversity Day, which brought together
a wide range of community groups and residents.
parade left Willowfield Church at 12noon for the walk to Ormeau Park where a
range of cultural entertainment was provided including Chinese dragon dancing,
Ulster Scots dancers, the Ravenhill Accordion band, Indian dancing and Irish
dancing. Areas within the park were dedicated to cuisine from across the world,
reflecting the diverse make up of south and east Belfast.
Shared Housing Programme is delivered as part of the Executive Office’s
Together: Building A United Community Strategy, supported by the Department for
Communities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Speaking at the festival Grainne Mullin, Community
Investment Manager at Radius, said: “Too many times in the past this area,
including Global Crescent, Cantrell Close and nearby streets, has been in the
news for negative reasons. This parade and cultural celebration shows the true
face of this part of Belfast, which is rich in its diversity and welcoming of
all cultures and nationalities.
have come together to experience the cultures and cuisines from China, India,
Hungary, Poland, Somalia and more, as well as from closer to home. This is
about celebrating the positive achievements of the Together Building United
Communities Shared Housing programme and we are delighted to play a key role.
For some time local groups and residents have been working together to tell the
real story of this welcoming and diverse area, and this cultural festival and
parade is the culmination of this positive work."