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City’s Indian community celebrated in first of PEACE IV Culture Café events

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Date: 24 Mar 2021

Category: PEACE IV

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Belfast's vibrant Indian community and history and contribution to the city will be celebrated in the first of the council’s PEACE IV Culture Café events next week.

The Culture Café events celebrate the diversity of multi-cultural Belfast. This free, virtual event will take place on Monday 29 March from 12 noon to 1pm.

The Indian Community Centre Belfast will be taking part with a discussion on the Indian community’s journey to the city, integration into the city and contribution to the wider Belfast community.

The event is being held during Holi, the Indian Festival of Colours, with a reflection on Indian traditions and how the event will be celebrated in Belfast.   

There will be a special showcase of Indian dance by the South Asian Dance Academy and a demonstration of Rangoli art – a popular Indian folk art used during cultural celebrations.

Councillor John Kyle, Chair of Belfast City Council's Shared City Partnership, said: ''I'm very much looking forward to the first of our PEACE IV Culture Cafés this year, with a focus on and celebration of the Indian community’s contribution to the city.

"Our Culture Cafés celebrate the diversity of multi-cultural Belfast.  They focus on minority communities across the city and promote a respect and understanding of these cultures.  Each of our events will focus on a different culture.

"Our other two events, coming up in May and June, will shine a spotlight on our Polish and Chinese communities and their vibrant cultures and vital contribution to Belfast's shared history."

The Culture Café Polish Community event will be held on Tuesday 11 May (12pm - 1pm) and the Culture Café Chinese Community event will take place on Wednesday 16 June (12pm –1pm).

To register to join the free event on Monday 29 March, go to Culture Cafe: The Indian Community.
For details on all events, visit Events.

The PEACE IV programme is an EU funded cross-border initiative supporting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the border region. The programme is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

For more information on the programme, go to PEACE IV.

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