This Summer I was invited to participate in the Galway City Intercultural Forum. This is a forum which encourages and supports the participation of immigrants and ethnic minorities in the cultural, social and economic development of Galway City.
The group tries to create a space for dialogue with, and the integration of people coming from nearly 30 different countries who are now living in Galway. Poland, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Congo, Portugal, India and Bangladesh: these are just a few of the countries who have communities here.
Promoting and celebrating Galway’s cultural diversity was the aim of our first ‘Annual Intercultural Barbecue Competition’ at the end of June.
The barbecue transformed the Spanish Arch, along Galway’s River Corrib, into a colourful and vibrant festival of cooking, music, entertainment and international culture.