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World Music & Dance

Join us for a programme of pop up global music and dance at Writers Square!

We’ve assembled a wonderful line up of music and dance from around the world, all presented by local artists living in Northern Ireland. Bust a Bollywood move with our South Asian Dance Academy,  explore the beauty of Bulgarian culture or get into the groove with Zimbabwean beats. There’s a little something for everyone!

 

Location: Writer’s Square

What's On

Rosinka Russian Choir

Rosinka Russian Choir

Rosinka is a local choir formed in 2014 and includes 15 core members from different Russian speaking countries living in Northern Ireland. They perform a-cappella songs in Russian, Ukrainian, English, Belorussian, folk and classical under the musical direction of local Bulgarian professional musician Veselka Ivanova

1.00pm

Bright Lights & Murray School of Irish Dance

Experience the cultural traditions of Ulster Scots Dancing and Irish Dancing with two of the most firmly established community dance groups in Northern Ireland - Bright Lights and the Murray School of Irish Dance

1.20pm

Bright Lights & Murray School of Irish Dance
Mexican Folk Dancing

Mexican Folk Dancing

Experience the traditions of Mexican folk dancing. Mayte Segura is a contemporary and Mexican Folk dancer with a Diploma in dance teaching from the British Ballet Organisation. She has received several times awards from the Arts Council Northern Ireland recognising the quality of her dance work and brings together dancers from all over Northern Ireland to perform traditional Mexican folk dancing.

1.35pm

Anna's Number

After beginning their journey busking on the streets of Belfast Anna's Number have continued their journey of becoming the forefront of youth-inspired funk music in the country. Recent achievements include a sold out show in the Lyric, winners of 2019's Banbridge Buskfest and gaining critical acclaim from BCC Radio 4. If you like to dance, Anna's Number is the perfect band for you!

2.00pm

Anna's Number
Basork

Basork

BASORK is a five piece fusion group whose compositions are influenced by Irish, European and Middle Eastern sounds. Brass, Strings and Woodwind combine with hints of jazz, funk and various traditional musics with big melodies and lots of improvisation.

2.45pm

Chemshir Bulgarian Dancers

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.

3.20pm

Chemshir Bulgarian Dancers
South Asian Dance Academy

South Asian Dance Academy

The South Asian Dance Academy (SADA) provide amazing Bollywood & classical performances and workshops throughout the island of Ireland. SADA also works to encourage engagement and participation in traditional and contemporary South Asian dance. The academy works with a diverse group of freelance dancers with varying skills, discipline areas, genres of focus and levels of experience.

3.35pm

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 teaching people about Chinese culture.

3.50pm

Chinese Fan Dancers
Magwere

Magwere

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.

4.15pm

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