This panorama depicts a circle of participants at the end of a dance workshop at the Umoja Festival
The festival was jointly organised by the Afro-Caribbean Association of Foyle
and Children in Crossfire
and hosted by the One World Centre
, Foyle Street, Derry.
The dance workshop was lead by Ellen Factor
One of the themes of the Umoja Festival was "a celebration of cultural diversity
While Ireland as a whole has traditionally been thought of as a place from
which people have emigrated, in recent decades there has been a marked increase in the extent of cultural diversity in Ireland - both North and South.
The One World Centre was founded by a group called SEEDS
(Solidarity-Equality-Education-Diversity-Support) in order to "respond to the needs of the growing number of new citizens and migrants to the North West of Ireland region
The SEEDS group has a committee of 18 people and has 490 members drawn from 38 nationalities living and working in the Derry area. They estimate that there are approximately 4,000 "non nationals" living, studying and working in Derry at the moment. Derry – the largest population centre in the North West of Ireland – had a population of around 100,000 at the last census.
So here we have a diverse group of people dancing, at a festival celebrating cultural diversity, in a centre whose aim is to educate about diversity ...