Not so insular after all?

Following my article last week on the Indian Mela festival, which took part in Belfast, it seems Carrickfergus has got on board the ethnic culture bandwagon. It’s hosting a Mini-Matsuri Japanese Festival, organised by the Japan Society of Northern Ireland. Taiko drummers, food tasting, calligraphy, origami and a special tea making ceremony happened this afternoon in the Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre.

However, elsewhere normal service was as usual, with the Hillsborough Annual Oyster Festival being evacuated after a warning that several devices had been left in the village.

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