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Born & Bread in Inishowen 31.01.20

ARTLINK welcomed the entire community to Born & Bread on 14 September 2019, a feel good event aimed at promoting inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation among different generations and ethnic groups as all knead together around the same table, while sharing skills, stories and traditions, learning from each other and enriching awareness, understanding and respect.
Dún na nGall (Fort of the Foreigners) is hugely privileged to have a diverse population with a breadth of experiences and traditions, yet we rarely have an opportunity to learn about the many customs and skills that people in our community practice.
Through the collective experience of preparing and sharing bread, Born & Bread used Amach Anseo’s newly built wood-fired oven alongside an open fire pit where griddle and hotplate breads were prepared as well as traditional Irish soda bread.
Bread is a staple food popular around the world and in every household in Ireland and is one of the world’s oldest foods, prepared by the simple process of baking a dough of flour and water. It has come to take on significance beyond mere nutrition, standing as a metaphor for hospitality and welcome, evolving into a fixture in religious rituals, secular cultural life and language.
Chefs from Syria; Billal Abd El Jalil and Nadine Berri demonstrated how to make flat breads and the different kind of fillings that could be added to enhance the flavour. Children and adults had a go at kneading and rolling out the bread and watch it bubble up on the hot plate on the fire pit before tasting the fresh warm bread.
Local baker Gerard Moynes, known widely for his soda bread which is sold at Molly's Café in Carndonagh used the wood fire oven to bake traditional Irish breads. A lively character; he thrived on sharing recipes and stories of bread making. Participants enjoyed tasting the fresh breads and jams and taking down recipes on greaseproof paper.
The children broke the language barrier with their interest in the garden wildlife. While the adults drank tea and filled their bellies with delicious bread the children made a competition of collecting the most caterpillars.
Artlink documented the event by way of photographs, video documentation of the evening and interviews with the key participants. The documentation and recordings of the event will form a part of Artlink’s ongoing archives and will be available online via Artlink’s website .
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