Diverse Creatives


Venue: Online Event


Date / Time: From 1pm Saturday, 16th October


Admission: Free Event


Diverse Creatives is a collection of four short videos showing the potential of the arts to celebrate the richness of culture and experience of migrants who have made Ireland their home. These cultural performances feature dance, music and crafts. 

Featured:

  • Igbo Community Waterford, Dance Group
  • Minnie Marley, Singer-songwriter
  • Intercultural Quilt created by the women of the Shakti Programme
  • Murka Murcury, Artist / DJ / Producer

This Creative Waterford project is a partnership between Waterford Libraries, Waterford Integration Services, Europe Direct Waterford and Imagine Arts Festival. It is hoped that this project may incubate future creative partnerships and grow friendships and networks in the arts community in Waterford. Videos by DGM Photographic.

Additional Information

Waterford as a port city that has always been influenced by diverse cultures and nationalities from the Vikings, Huguenot settlersto Penrose, Malcolmson and Whyte shipbuilders. Things such as Waterford Glass, the Waterford Blaa and many of the things that are celebrated as Waterford are the products of its diversity. Diversity has formed so many of the important aspects of Waterford’s history and heritage. New ideas and cultures have the potential to bring social, creative and economic value.

Diverse Creatives Exhibition at The Index Gallery, Central Library, Waterford City featuring the Igbo Community Waterford, singer and songwriter Minnie Marley, Artist, DJ, and Producer Murka Murcury and the women of the Shakti Programme and their stunning Intercultural Quilt.

Portraits by Davi Matheson (DGM Photographic).

Intercultural Quilt by the women of the Shakti Programme.

Runs until 5 November.

Igbo Community Waterford

The Igbo Community Waterford came together as a group in 2007. The Igbos originate from the Eastern part of Nigeria. As part of their tradition, when they find themselves in a new place they form a social group, they come together as a community to celebrate their culture through dance and music and to help new Igbo residents settle in and integrate into the community.

Igbo Community Waterford is made up of the women’s and men’s wings. It is also a way of passing down their Igbo culture and language of the Ibo people to their children. Dance is seen as an important way for women’s voices to be heard and their vital role in their communities and families is celebrated.

The Igbo Community Waterford performed together in Mount Congreve, their performance brought together dance, drums and drama. All performers wear a beautiful uniform (that the group make themselves) – everyone wears the same uniform so that everyone is included. The women’s head pieces are also a symbol of elegance, creativity, unity and inclusion. Drumming and dancing is central to the Igbo culture and used in celebrations of weddings, naming ceremonies, announcements and burials. Dance Performances and music both brings people together and celebrates their culture – it is an important and integral part of community life. The dance drama is also a way to tell a story and pass on the traditions to younger generations. In this performance the young girl’s water pot broke, a stranger helped her and all ended well – this shows how family and community can help individuals to solve their problems.

Minnie Marley

A South African singer-songwriter based in Ireland; Minnie Marley specializes in dance-oriented music with a blend of Afro/Dancehall/Hiphop/R&B/Pop.

Minnie who is all about girl power with her "island gyal" flow and rhythm has self-released several great tracks and she is becoming a rising star in the music industry in Ireland. Minnie is known for her energetic stage presence and her influences include Bob Marley, Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, Ciara and many more. Passion for singing grew when Minnie sang in choir all throughout high school and in church. Seeking to gain knowledge both on the business and production side of music. Minnie went on to graduate at Cork Academy of Music College. She has performed at Africa Day in Waterford.  Minnie continues to work on her music and grow as an artist. 

Intercultural Quilt created by the women of the Shakti Programme

The Shakti Programme, which supports migrant women in enterprise through education, social enterprise and crafts is run by Waterford Integration Services from Central Library in Waterford City.

Her Excellency Dr. Uzoma Elizabeth Emenike, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria launched the Shakti Programme Intercultural Quilt as part of Waterford first Global Women’s Conference in 2020 which hung as a stunning and apt backdrop to the day’s proceedings. 

The quilt is a powerful symbol of how by empowering women at local level as key actors of integration and economic development works to begin to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals in Waterford and the South-East.

Murka Murcury

Murka Murcury is an Independent Artist / DJ / Producer from Waterford who is originally from the Congo DR. He moved in Ireland in 2006 and has been involved in music ever since. Murka has influenced many artists both locally and nationwide after opening the stage for 50 Cent at Waterford Music Fest in 2011 which motivated many Urban artists. Murka is well known and respected in the urban communities for helping young people who have an interest in urban music through recording and guidance.  As a producer, he has helped local artists like Pat Flynn, Yung Shakur, Mega M, Nicky Wicks (who made it to the Voice of Ireland) and many more to find their path in music.  He has both recorded artists and shown them how to record and be in charge of their own music.

As a DJ, Murka was one of the first to introduce an urban night out in Waterford in early 2007 and an Afro night out in 2014-2015. Murka Murcury has performed many places across the country as both a DJ and as a Rapper and has also MCed multiple events. 

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