Altrincham Interfaith Group Cultural Entertainment Evening July 6th 2017

The Hall at Timperley Methodist Church was filled to capacity on the occasion of AIG’s Cultural Entertainment Evening which was a rousing success. Ably hosted by Ann Angel, we saw the Hindu Community present a Devotional Song in Hindi performed by Piyush and Mana followed by a Kathak Dance performed by Sunita, Sadhna and Poonam in glorious traditional dress. Then we saw two young dancers, Aahi and Rijuta, who were amazingly skilled as they whirled and spun around in their yellow and orange dresses, performing a Sargam Dance. Ann then took to the stage to tell us a moving story from the Jewish Folk tradition which held us all spellbound, after which there was a break for refreshments – very welcome on a hot and humid evening.

The second part of the evening comprised a contribution from the Muslim community, reading and singing poems and songs composed by Rumi, a famous writer in the Sufi tradition. This was beautifully and movingly performed by Daniel and Saimma Dyer on guitar and frame drum and then we heard the Manchester Stake Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sing a selection of well-known songs. The evening was rounded off with everyone joining in with the Beatles “All You Need is Love!” – what a perfect end to a fantastic evening!

Thanks to all who helped to make this evening a spectacular success, especially all the performers, Timperley Methodist Church for the venue, Cath Pridgeon and her team for refreshments and Ann Angel for her meticulous planning of the event.

Carolyn Jones

(Hon. Sec., Altrincham Interfaith Group)