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Dippach celebrates MultiCulti style

23.09.2013 From our online archive
Dippach hosted its first MultiCulti festival, bringing together a variety of different nationalities from the commune of Dippach.

Dippach hosted its first MultiCulti festival, bringing together a variety of different nationalities from the commune of Dippach.

The free one-day festival, which also raised money for charity, included stands from Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Togo and China.

Visitors could sample food and drinks from the various nations, buy jewellery and accessories, and enjoy live music performances throughout the day.

The Entertainment included “Juventude de Dudelange”, who performed a variety of traditional dances from Portugal.

From Bettembourg there was folklore music from “La Ronde” and the “Valley of the Seven Castles” from Mersch. Later in the day, visitors were also treated to traditional African singing and dancing and even a zumba session.

Irish stand proved popular

The Irish stand, which proved very popular, sold Guinness, whiskies, mome -made brown bread with Irish salmon, Irish coffee and a very tasty Guinness beef stew.

All the money raised by the Irish stand, will be donated to a children s charity “Dragon's for Breakfast”, which Naomi, (whose mother founded the charity) told Wort.lu/en, began in 2007, raising money to help keep children away from poverty and violence in Colombia.

How the idea came about

Speaking to wort.lu/en, event organiser Elvis Breda explained “the event came about when the idea of a village festival was brought up at a committee meeting. But with about 50% of the 3,000 inhabitants being international, a multi cultural event made more sense. The aim of the one-day festival is for visitors to have a good time and at the same time raise money for different charities”.

Looking beyond this first edition, Mr Breda said “with the amount of visitors, we can see this is a popular event, which might mean looking for bigger space for next year to accommodate more stands”.

By Andrew Lintner