Sunday 1st July started with a big bang in Singleton Park, Swansea where City & County of Swansea, in partnership with Swansea Bay REC, delivered the World Party Event for the fourth consecutive year.
The event proved a success with visitors coming from as far afield as Swindon and Birmingham. More importantly, it was an opportunity for the citizens of Swansea to witness a multicultural meeting of minds where community organisations showcased culture and traditions within a group of marquees surrounding the field in a semi circle. The centre of attention was the main stage which featured local, national and international artists. The headline artists were the Asian phenomenon, The Stranger Family who delivered a blistering performance. The five member group were mobbed by young fans who sang along to their songs.
A talented group of local young people, A3 who became a national phenomenon on Britain’s Got Talents in 2010 also delivered street dance routines which defied belief. Arnold Matsena, the oldest of three brothers who are collectively known as A3, also has the distinction of becoming Mr Wales 2012. The young men came to live in Wales from Zimbabwe a few years ago and have adopted Wales as their home.
The World Party Event has become an annual event since it commenced in 2009. In past years it has been held outside the National Waterfront Museum. This year it moved to one of the nicest parks in the area. The event featured the best that each community could showcase in terms of culture and traditions. Dedicated marquees showcased each of the communities from around the globe with a common theme of a united and integrated Swansea. Community groups were also able to deliver perfromances on stage whioch ranged from a traditional Chinese dance to Capoeira from Barzil. Indian Bollywood dances were performed by pupils from a local primary school who had been coached by Sarita Sood, a locally resident Bollywood and classical Indian dance tutor.
The event had the honour of hosting His Excellency, the Ambassador of Indonesia to the UK. He took time from his busy schedule to come along from London to support the Indonesian marquee. He was met by the Lord Mayor of Swansea. The Ambassador was very complimentary of the efforts being made in Swansea in respect of showcasing traditional cultures from around the world and which are now part of the traditions of Swansea.
Pictures of this event will soon be featured in our pictures’ galleries on this website.