Originally published 18th March 2011 [Contributor: Darren Walker ]
Over 600 residents from Blaby District enjoyed the 2nd Annual Festival of Culture during February half term.
The festival was hosted by Community Action Blaby District and was free of charge.
The event began with a performance from ITSWA Martial Arts Chinese Lion Dance and ended with a performance from the Greensfields Primary School Djembe Drummers.
The Festival of Culture was an opportunity for everyone to learn more about other cultures, was full of interactive activities such as Mask Making, Juggling Skills, drumming workshops, Morris Dancing, Cuban Salsa, Chinese Calligraphy, Henna painting and Bollywood dancing.
There were opportunities to look and hold museum objects including a large Chinese lion, listen to stories from other cultures and even sample food from around the globe whilst listening to music from a steel band.
This years festival attracted a wide array of ages and cultures throughout the evening and involved many community groups and organisations, including the University of the Third Age (U3A).
The U3A were encouraging people of all ages to crochet or knit 6 inch squares for Age Concern’s Patchwork Challenge.
They were inundated with residents taking up this opportunity which highlights a cohesive community amongst age, gender and cultures.
Here are a few quotes and some photos from the day…
“I enjoyed everything – it was even better than last year. A buzzing atmosphere and a good variety”
“Thanks for a fantastic Evening. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it and really enjoyed performing in such a fabulous venue.”
“The entertainment was fantastic and all the more interesting due to the option of audience participation. I certainly left at the end with a broader knowledge of culture than I had before; and I consider myself well travelled!”
Why not get involved?
Community Action Blaby District (CABD) are dedicated to improve the lives of people living within our communities, include community transport, information and support for carers, befriending for older people, support for people with mental ill-health and A Place To Grow, our community garden project.
CABD also provide a focus for local people to engage in volunteering to support local needs and local communities and administer community grants on behalf of Blaby District Council to support and strengthen local voluntary and community organisations. For more details please visit the CABD website(link below)
If you would like to become involved in organising cultural activities for the benefit of Blaby District, then please contact Darren Walker at Community Action Blaby District on 0116 272 7669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org