Foyle Obon Festival – 28 May

On the evening of Saturday May 28th, Derry City’s very own Obon Festival of Japanese music, arts and culture returns to the grounds of the Playtrail, supported by the Arts Council.

In Japan, Obon is one of the most important annual festivals, combining family, food, dance and taiko drumming culminating in a three day feast of colour, rhythm and light. Foyle Obon was born of a desire to share Japanese culture and tradition while creating a meaningful family festival for all and recognising the ever growing number of Japanese and shared heritage families in the North West.

The gates will open at 5.30pm and ticket holders are invited into our own Little Tokyo. In the grounds there will be calligraphy and origami workshops, Taiko drumming workshops, traditional Japanese storytelling, fun Japanese games, Kakigori ice cream tasting as well as light refreshments. The amphitheatre stage will feature performances from local Taiko players, traditional Japanese dances as well as Bon Odori dance. As the evening light fades, a beautiful lantern ceremony creates a special finale. NB: pre-booking is essential as tickets will not be available at the door.

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