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Inaugural One Waterford, One People event hailed a success

The inaugural One Waterford, One People event which was held in the People’s Park on Bank Holiday Monday was hailed a great success by the organisers and participants.

The event, a celebration of diversity in Waterford, was organised by Waterford Trades Council and supported by Waterford City and County Council, and community organisations and agencies including Waterford Area Partnership, Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford New Communities Network.

Featuring a compendium of costumes and culture and a symphony of musical entertainment, the free family-friendly event took place in the People’s Park, with the bandstand featuring as the main stage for music acts from Ukraine, Brazil, India, the Philippines, Africa and more, along with a host of Irish musicians including a céilí band and drummers from Waterford Academy of Music and Arts.

David Lane, President of the Waterford Trades Council extended his gratitude to those involved in the organisation of the event, its participants and everyone came along to soak up the atmosphere of One Waterford, One People.

“There was a brilliant array of performers from Ireland, India, the Philippines, England, Brazil, South Africa, the Igbo Community and Ukraine.  The event showcased how communities can come together and celebrate diversity, and doing so under the banner of solidarity and trade unions works very well.

“We estimate that there were in the region of 500 people at the event throughout the afternoon, enjoying the free music, dance and cultural showcases.  It’s a template that we hope to work on and repeat.  I’d also like to thank our partners Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Area Partnership, Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford Integration Services.”

Katherine Collins, Project Manager of Waterford’s Cultural Quarter (WCQ) said, “It was a lovely addition to the Bank Holiday weekend.  The People’s Park was the perfect setting to celebrate Waterford’s rich cultural diversity.

“As a warm and welcoming place, Waterford City and County Council is pleased to support events like this that showcase Waterford as being inviting and inclusive for all.”


Images :  DGM Photographic

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