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Music and dance celebration of cultural diversity in Ennis

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ENNIS’ Market building will be transformed this Sunday hosting a free music and dance event celebrating cultural diversity.

Ennis Mela is the final Faoin Spéir|In the Open event and is presented by Clare Arts Office and Fidget Feet.

In the Open | Faoin Spéir is an Arts Council funded programme developed in response to the Covid-19 crisis which has seen a variety of outdoor arts events taking place in public spaces around Ireland.

On Sunday from 1pm to 4pm the Ennis Market Building will showcase the talents of musicians and dancers from all over the world.

“Ennis Mela is a great way for all the family to get outdoors and experience a unique event together. Fidget Feet bring some brightness and joy, we hope you can join us,” said a spokesperson.
Participants include The South Asian Dance Academy (SADA), Ireland’s leading Bollywooddance troupe providing amazing Bollywood and classical performances and workshops throughout the island of Ireland.

AMDIE is a group based in Cork, set up in 2014, with the purpose of enjoying Mexican traditional dance and music.

“Dance is a central part of the cultural heritage of Latin America. Its rich tradition, which combines European and indigenous elements, is a source of pride for the joy it brings performers and audiences alike.

“The various dance styles of Latin America deliver important benefits for physical and mental health to those who dance, and with thebright colours of the costumes and bold movements of dancers they are a feast for the eye for those who watch,” said the spokesperson.

Al-Andar- Fatima Lucia, Alain Halimi, Dennis McAuliffe and Javi Mula will bring beautiful and unique beats and dances lead by Fatima Lucia, the first Flamenco dancer to teach in Ireland. She started teaching in Galway in 1993, when she arrived from Cadiz, her home town in Andalucia.

Limerick spoken word artist Willzee is Ireland’s first self proclaimed TraBuffer, meaning having Travelling blood and raised by settled parents.

“Willzee has endured many rises and falls throughout his personal life, but has found music to be the release of all his emotions. He now rejoices in those feelings to help inspire and aid the next generation.”

Aung Marmafrom Bangladesh will sing a few songs and Nepalese musicians Hiralal and Ramji Gaine will also perform.

This is a live music and dance event with a standing audience, though there will be some seating for those with reduced mobility. It is an outdoor event with a covered roof so those attending are encouraged to dress for all weather.

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