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Irish Band Plays at Ruijin Road No.2 Community

    On March 17, Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Irish Consulate General in Shanghai jointly sponsored a performance by “Cnoc na Gaoithe”, a band from Ireland, at the cultural center of Ruijin Road No. 2 community in Huangpu district. Jing Ying, vise-counsel of the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, Therese Healy, consul general of Ireland in Shanghai, and Wu Xiaoxi, director of Huangpu District Foreign Affairs Office, were among 200 foreign and Chinese guests and local citizens present at the event.

    “Cnoc na Gaoithe”, comprising 10 young Irish musicians and dancers, entertained the audience with Irish folk music, songs and dance. From ancient tunes and dance to traditional Irish songs and lively dances, the Irish artists presented the Shanghai audience with an authentic and most dynamic music performance portraying traditions in life and prosperity in culture in Ireland. The extremely appealing Celtic sounds “took the audience on a tour” of Emerald Isle, a mountain-surrounded island country with profound cultural traditions and picturesque landscape.

    Consul General Therese Healy said a cultural exchange event like this is very helpful to enhancing mutual understanding and she looked forward to having more cooperation with Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.