Organisers celebrate the success of Fraserburgh culture festival

Dr Eilidh Whiteford attending the Celebrating the Difference event in Fraserburgh
Dr Eilidh Whiteford attending the Celebrating the Difference event in Fraserburgh

A Fraserburgh festival which celebrates cultural diversity has been heralded a great success by the event’s organisers.

The annual Celebrating the Difference festival was held in the North East College on Saturday September 17 and brought together groups of people from different communitiesin Fraserburgh.

Margaret Gault, a spokeswoman for the event, said: “In Fraserburgh we are particularly lucky that we have many different nationalities living in our town.

“The Thai Community, who come to support the event every year , were much in evidence in their startlingly beautiful and elaborate costumes , stirring dancers and delicious food ; the Polish, Russian, Brazilian, Portuguese and Lithuanian communities who come faithfully every year brought food sang and danced for us too .

“Some folks came just to learn to play the North African drums from Omar Afif, they also provided the closing number.”

The festival also celebrated Scottish culture and had stalls and the Lawrence Academy Highland Dancers also perform.

The Mutiny Tribal belly-dancers also put on a show while their was a balloon fairy and face painting for the kids.

There was also a first visit to the festival for Kevin who had a sensory light and sound booth where attendees could make music and control the light show.

Ms Gault also thanked local politicians Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP and Stewart Stevenson MSP for attending the festival.

She said: “A special thank s must go as ever to Dr Whiteford MP and Stewart Stevenson who interrupted their busy schedules to spend time with us looking at the stalls speaking to everyone and getting a real understanding of what we were doing.

“Their thoughtful speeches really highlighted the importance of this , now annual, event.”