Just before Christmas, we received the news that Culture Ireland, the Irish governmental body which represents Irish culture abroad, had awarded us a grant of €5000 towards our trip to Berlin in May.
The visit is to participate in the world-renowned Karneval der Kulturen and will involve MaSamba performing on the official Latin Stage, as well as in the Percussion Arts Centre. We will also be joining with the Afoxe Loni project for the main festival parade through the streets of Berlin, to an estimated audience of over 850,000 people!
We are very excited about this opportunity and are delighted that Culture Ireland have started the ball rolling funding-wise. Even though we still have a lot of work to do in this department, this kind of seed funding makes it all possible.