O-Bon Festival 2015

On the evening of Saturday the 6th of June 2015, Derry-Londonderry became the first city in the UK and Ireland to host its very own traditional O-Bon Japanese Festival.

O-Bon is one of the most important festivals of the year in Japan. At the heart of O-Bon there was family, food, dance and taiko drumming. The whole festival was a colourful feast of rhythm and lights.

Photography Gav Connolly

Little Tokyo @ The Playtrail

The festival took place at The Playtrail, Racecourse Road. There was fun for all the family from 7pm to 10.00 pm!

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There was traditional Japanese games, arts and craft workshops running throughout the evening along with a host of stage entertainment and cultural activities.

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We had lively performances from Ibuki Taiko drummers, innovative dance collaborations from Fireworks DDTA and Create Dance, we had a special performance from Yukari Norris and the Hannari Club dancers from Carrickfergus, Japanese folk and singing from the Inishowen Gospel Choir.

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Each person had the opportunity to write a message or aspiration on one of our beautiful hand crafted lanterns and the evening’s celebrations  culminated in a display of lights within the beautiful grounds of The Playtrail woods and amphitheatre.

It was a night to remember for the celebration of Japanese taiko, dance and music!

Check out the lovely video of the festival: