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.
Rosinka Russian Choir
Rosinka is a local choir formed in 2014 and includes 15 members from different Russian speaking countries living in Northern Ireland. They perform a-cappella songs in Russian, Ukrainian, English, Belorussian, folk and classical.
Chemshir Bulgarian Dance Group
Inspired by pure love for the folk dance, the Bulgarian Folk Dance Club 'Chemshir' was set up by members of the Bulgarian Association of Northern Ireland in September 2013. The Club brings together people of different ages and skill level from across Northern Ireland who enjoy the folk dance. It strives to showcase the beauty of the Bulgarian traditional folk dance and music and promote Bulgarian culture.
Bouzouki players Nikos Petsakos (Greece) and Martin Coyle (Ireland) explore the journey of the bouzouki from early 1900's Greece, across Europe and it's entry into Ireland. You can watch live as this dynamic duo create unique and intriguing musical compositions in the popular music form Rebetiko, traditional arrangements from various European countries as well as modern compositions presented on Greek Tri-chordo, Irish four course and Baglama.
Los Dramaticos are a prime example of the exciting music currently in an increasingly diverse society in Northern Ireland. Fronted by Paddy & Victor, who hail from NI and Chile respectively, their eclectic musical past incursions include classical and blues piano, French chanson, Argentinian Tango and even Afropop.
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’.
Magwere have up until now been one of Ireland's best kept secrets . Fronted by Zimbabwean born singer & percussionist Wilson Magwere, the band formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland several years ago and possess an enviable reputation for delivering performances that crackle with energy. Their music is primarily influenced by Zimbabwean rebel music, but there are elements of funk, reggae & trance also present in the mix.
Chinese Fan Dancers
Local members of the Chinese community present traditional Chinese fan dancing, which is a centuries old dance style from China. The group is lead by dancer Weihong who performs all over Northern Ireland