What a relief to have sunshine and a dry day for the Global Village after last year’s rain-soaked occasion! By lunchtime hundreds of people were exploring the Village, waiting for the Indian Dancer to begin, and sampling food from the Caribbean, the Philippines and various African countries.
A variety of Manx registered charities working internationally set up stalls, often with activities to engage families. There was an opportunity to toast marshmallows on a cooking stove from Mali, just like the ones the Island has contributed through Christian Aid Week. The Black and White Society had a challenge to find a Golden Kipper and local environmental groups were demonstrating a solar heater and giving away fabric bags.
Several acts graced the stage, generously loaned by Castletown Commissioners and erected by DoI, including Taekwondo, Karate, a Filipino harpist and the Fairly Famous Family. The performances ended with Bulgarian dancing which spilled off the the stage and ended with a chain dance drawing in members of the audience.