Instead of county jerseys and flags there were colourful costumes from around the world along with Papal and national flags from many different countries on display on the approach roads and within Croke Park for the WMOF2018 Festival of Families, bringing a truly international, multi-cultural flavour to the venue.
Throughout the evening, one act followed another promptly in a very slick, professional presentation. I loved the hauntingly beautiful 12th century Irish hymn, Deus Meus Adiuva Me, performed by The Priests with Triona and Mairéad Ni Dhomhnaill. The backdrop on the screen behind the main stage took its inspiration from the art of the Book of Kells.
Cuthbert Arutura from Zimbabwe who came to Ireland as an immigrant spoke movingly of his welcome here and showed great dance moves also as he joined in the rendition of Freedom which featured Dana Masters on lead vocal with the choirs and dancers.
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This is Félix Sabal Lecco, originally from Cameroon, he is the Drummer on the hit song Premiere Gaou:
‘…we were lead to believe growing up, that those jobs were designed for black people…’
Muscian Tura Arutura shares his memory of moving to Belfast. Part of ‘When I was 25’ series