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International Youth Day Celebrated at Ballyearl

14 August 2015

photo from the event
Beyond Skin artist, Donna Namukasa, joins children and leaders from Ballyearl Summer Scheme to celebrate International Youth Day. 

 

This week young people from Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Summer Scheme at Ballyearl took part in a series of music and dance workshops to celebrate International Youth Day.  Beyond Skin artist, Donna Namukasa, met with the group to chat about everyday life in her home country of Uganda.   In an impressive finale, the children showcased their new skills by performing a traditional Ugandan dance native to Donna’s Village.  The costumes the children wore, including grass skirts, are also native to Uganda where they are made and feature in traditional dances locally. 

United Nations’ International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize the efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. Uganda is linked with Northern Ireland through the Northern Ireland Government International Development strategy.

Beyond Skin are a local team of professional artists, facilitators, global educators and multimedia specialists who are passionate about using their gifts for the greater good. Celebrating diversity through music, arts, dance and new media they provide, develop and deliver global diversity education initiatives in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism.

The project was supported by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme which receives financial support from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.