While others found sheer fun with the likes of ‘Westlife’ igniting long lost memories of love ballads, the Irish community in Malawi used this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations as a conduit of relief aid for the country’s flood victims.
Last Saturday night, Sunbird Capital Marquee turned green and joined hundreds of cities around the world to celebrate all things Irish with Malawi’s very own St Patrick’s Day party.
Over 750 people joined in the festivities in Malawi which included live music and traditional Irish dancing.
The musical show has since raised $6 000 (about K2.7 million), which will be donated to NGOs working in Chikwawa, one of the worst hit districts of the recent floods.
Speaking about the day, Irish Society member Suzanne Flood said: “St Patrick’s day is a great way to bring people together no matter where you are in the world. We were so delighted with the turnout on Saturday.
“The event showcased what’s great about Ireland; the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere; the singing and dancing with all our Malawian friends; as well as the generous Irish spirit with the event raising much needed funds for families to re-build their home after the floods.”
The night saw Malawi’s best known musicians join forces with Irish musicians to keep the crowd dancing and singing all night long.
Award-winning musician Danny Kalima alias Sirius along with superstar Tay Grin made a special guest appearance.
A traditional Irish band called Fáilte. flown all the way from Ireland, delighted audiences with a unique style of music which saw hundreds of people take to the dance floor to attempt to master traditional Irish dancing.