Friday August 30th and Saturday August 31st sees the return of the successful Our Island: Our World (OIOW) Festival to Peel.
The Festival consists of two concerts in the Centenary Centre on the Friday and Saturday night and a free Family Global Celebration in the lovely surroundings of the Peel Cathedral, Grounds and Corrin Hall on Saturday afternoon. There will also be running free drumming workshops for parent and child in Douglas (Friday 30th Aug. 2.30pm Mannin Music, Pinewood Complex Laburnum Rd Douglas) and Ramsey Courthouse (Monday 2nd Sept 11am).
This year, the concerts feature, on Friday night Faith I Branko (Serbian Gypsy Band), Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band and Agbeko (11 piece Afrobeat Band playing music from West Africa). On Saturday night OI:OW organisers are delighted that local band Lava have produced a set of Latin music from all over South and Central America. They are joined by Jally Kebba Susso ( a six piece band from Gambia, featuring the kora (African harp)) and the ever popular Baghdaddies (playing Klezmer and East European music). Tickets are £25 per night or £45 for the weekend, available from tickets.im Celtic Gold, ShaktiMan, Corlett's Jewellers Douglas and Thompson Travel. Numbers have been limited to allow plenty of room for dancing!
The Free Family Global Celebration on Saturday afternoon (12noon-6pm) has an amazing amount of entertainment and is suitable for all ages and will take place regardless of the weather as there will be an indoor spaces when necessary.
There will be live music and dancing from all over the world, global food from Philippines, Jamaica, Africa, South America and Italy, and representatives of many of the communities now living on the island demonstrating aspects of their culture. There will be children's activities and workshops such as Serbian Dance, Tribal Drumming and Singing. All workshops are free but preference will be given to evening concert ticket holders.