Home grown talent influenced by music and dance from across the globe
Located at the bandstand in Botanic Gardens, the Showcase Stage promotes local artists in the community and this year we’ve assembled a fantastic line up of artists from India, Ireland, Bulgaria, Greece, Zimbabwe.
Daisie Conway is a 20 year old Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Admired by the likes of producer Declan Legge and supported by a Kenneth Branagh creative initiative, the Larne singer-songwriter began her music journey last year. After a spell writing over lockdown and the success of her first two singles ‘Calendar’ and ‘All You Gave Was Goodbye’, Daisie Conway emerges with her new track ‘House Without A Home’.
Utropiks is an Afrobrazilian duo based In Belfast. They create a miscellaneous of original compositions taken inspirations from a variety of Brazilian rhythms, Jazz, Jamaican Dub music and Afrikans polyrhythm grooves, Israh Castro(Brazil) on guitar, vocals and beats and Yamara Ione(Angola) on Vocals brings their original and fresh musical vibes to life with their ears fascinated with the tradition of their ancestors, their eyes wondering on the future and their feets floating on the present. Utropiks is a search of a new place, is a free flow of experimental musical ideas, an invitation to dance freely between the future and the ancestral.
Chinese Dance NI
Local members of the Chinese community present traditional Chinese fan dancing, which is a centuries old dance style from China. The group is led by dancer Weihong who performs all over Northern Ireland
Led by song-writing duo Joe Campbell-McArdle and Myles McCormack, with Fintan Mulholland on flute, and Dermot Moynagh on bodhran, this forward-pushing group of musicians offer an exciting fusion of traditional tunes and contemporary songs that lend a rare immediacy and currency to their sound – best served at a live setting.