Saturday, 22 June 2013

Palestinian Dabka Folklore Dance Troupe - and Civic Reception

Last night, I had the great honour of giving a welcome address to the Palestinian Dabka Folklore Dance Troupe from Bethlehem as they performed to a large audience (see right) at the Dundee West Church Halls.    

It was very kind of Tayside for Justice in Palestine, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Action Palestine to invite me to give the welcome address and I took the opportunity to thank all for their support for the people of Palestine and their right to self-determination, nationhood and a positive future.    

The Dabka Folklore Dance Troupe performed in the City Square last year and are hugely talented.   Here's a photograph below of the troupe with me last night:
Later yesterday evening, I attended the Civic Reception in honour of Bailie Ian Borthwick, as Ian celebrates his 50th anniversary as a city councillor.   It was very fitting that there was a large turnout to recognise Ian's immense contribution to his constituents and the city over 50 years, including councillors and other elected representatives of all political persuasions.