‘An Turas’ – Superb celebration of cultural diversity

Almost a thousand in the audience, cast of 200 and a behind the scenes crew filled the Millennium Forum for the premiere of the musical and dance extravaganza ‘An Turas’.

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Made up of 14 multi-cultural and arts groups, the show was a tremendous success and indeed, received a standing ovation at the conclusion.

Some of the artistic groups involved included Maori Haka Dancers; Ibuki Taiko Drummers, Scottish Highland Dancers from Sollus, McGinley School of Irish Dancing; Chinese Fan Dancers, Japanese Dancers, Rainbow School of Dance as well as Studio 2’s own Create Dancers, StreetFeet Dancers and representation from the North West Regional College’s Ascent Dance Troupe.

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A delighted writer and producer Ollie Green described the show as ‘A brilliant night’s entertainment,’ and said there were too many amazing performances to pick any one out.

‘From the perspective of bringing communities together, it worked so well. It was a great vehicle for celebrating the cultural diversity that exists and thrives in the city.’

An Turas charted the journey of a young emigrant farmer who leaves the shores of Lough Foyle in the 19th century to make his fortune so he can marry his sweetheart. His travels take him to many corners of the globe where he experiences a plethora of cultures that are brought to life on stage through the cultural groups who participated in the show.

Extending thanks to everyone involved, Mr. Green concluded: ‘I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone involved in making this superb event happen. From the performers to the crew backstage, the facilitators and indeed, the Millennium Forum staff.

‘I also commend the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Community Relations Department of the Council for their sterling support.’

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