European Cultures Together 2023

United Colours of Twilight (Photos by Daragh McCann)

United Colours of Twilight

The Twilight Community Group’s Annual International Conference has now become the stand out European CERV fund Events in Ireland attracting Communities form across Ireland and Europe.

This year’s event was based on our Culture, Heritage, Arts and History and how they are all inextricable linked to who we are. When we travel the world and make a new country our home, we bring our culture with us as it is our identity. In doing this our culture will organically become immersed in the local traditions and culture. This will create a new and diverse culture showing the way forward for integration leading to a social inclusive society.

European Cultures Together 2023 took place over a 5-day period in Newpark Hotel Kilkenny City with over 18 different nations and communities displaying their cultures to the large public gallery with only standing room available in auditorium of this 5-star hotel. The event attracted ambassadors and diplomatic corps members to Ireland. Including HE Dr Lahcen Mahraoui, Ambassador form the Kingdom of Morocco to Ireland, Israeli Ambassador Giovanni Buttigieg and our regular visitor to Kilkenny Mrs Larisa Miculet, Ambassador of Moldova to Ireland. Her Excellency and Head of Consular affairs and advisor Mr Igor Moldavan had one of the most beautiful display of their traditional blouses of Moldova

The Community Groups of Ukraine, Slovenia, Romania, India, Lebanon, Poland and our Traveller Community displayed their cultures on the day for all to see. It is important that we take the time   Look, Listen and Learn from our new communities that are now making Kilkenny their home, while never neglecting our Irish Communities.

Dances and Music was the difference on the day, from normal Conferences. While we had guest speakers are an integral part of any conference to international Music and Dance between the speakers is a more community friendly way to present our Cultures Together.

Performers from Ukrainian Diaspora Kilkenny Group, provided Music, Song and some beautiful songs from Ukrainian Culture. Local Balladeer and multi-instrumentalist Mick Walsh provided the Irish Cultural Performance and in a very unique way our good Friends Federation of Indian Communities Ireland provided a display a colourful display of Indian Dance routine. Artist

 Twilight’s International Conference has such an appeal this year we saw many groups and foreign delegations including,  Mayor Mr Konrad Ferenc Solymoni, City of Bukkszentkereszt  (Hungary)  Mayor Mr Lajos Nagy, City of Bukkaranyos (Hungary)  Mr Tamas Erdos , City of Repashuta ( Hungary) Mr John Boxall, City of Birgu ( Malta) Mr Nicloae Moldovan, City Of Beclean ( Romanian)  & CEO Ms Lenka Blichova, City of Inporo ( Slovakia )

The City of Rome and Italy was well represented with Angelo Ciocchetti of our Partners Lighthouse languages. While the incredible Sdandaorie Flag wavers were here to perform for the European Cultures Together forum, and be part of the St Patrick Day’s Festival with fantastic colourful displays through the city.

A major guest appearance was made by the St John’s Junior School (The lake School) with the Customs of the worlds display by the students for the official opening.

This year is another first for the Twilight Community Group as the moved their International Guests to Carlow for part two on Saturday. It was an honour for the Group General Manager Mr Frank Cody and Operations Manager, Mr Stephen Mungovan to meet Cathaoirleach Mr Michael Doran of the Carlow County Council. Mr Doran welcomed the delegates to Carlow and acknowledge the up coming plans that are well under way for the Twilight’s ambitious expansion plans to open another International Cultural House in the heart of the Carlow Town. Bring the Conference to Carlow is also acknowledgment from Twilight that the Charity see a very fruitful and beneficial relationship for future projects  

And so to European Cultures Together 2 . Yes, Twilight are doing it all over again in October 2023. The group are bringing the Culture of Cuisine to the Marble city to be part of the Savour Food Festival over the October Bank Holiday later in the year. It to will bring the unique flavours of a Global Kitchen letting the public taste the distinctive dishes form the region of our partners, in Europe, Asia, North Africa and beyond. If ECT 2 is to be as powerful as this ECT 1 ? What an end to October we will have with the United Colours of Twilight

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