>One Cornwall’s Respect Festival

Posted: April 27, 2010 in cornwall respect festival

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It’s that time of year again, and I am hoping for your involvement in this year’s event. Last year’s festival was more successful than we could have possibly hoped for, and we are still feeling the love and positivity it generated.

The Cornwall Respect Festival is a one day festival to celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of life here in Cornwall.

Cornwall Respect wishes to acknowledge the many different cultures in our area. We are committed to using the arts to celebrate diversity, and as a way of raising awareness of, and challenging prejudice. We believe that our annual festival facilitates fantastic and ongoing opportunities for community engagement.

This year’s festival will be held in Truro on the 14th of August. It will start at 10am in Victoria Park, followed by a carnival procession through the streets to Lemon Quay where there will be a free live music event that closes at 1am.

As with last year the festival will be linked with ShelterBox. Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the whole event free of charge with any and all donations going directly to ShelterBox. Last year’s event raised nearly £4000 (Many Thanks).

There will be music, stalls, theatre, information, face and henna painting, artwork, and much more at Victoria Park. This part of the event will be alcohol free, and family focused. This will be followed by the live music event featuring great bands, international food, and a licensed bar. Many of us who are a part of, or work with the many diverse communities here in Cornwall, often witness the emotional distress and consequences of racism, prejudice, and discrimination. This can at times overshadow the vibrant, exciting, and rewarding experiences that come from living in a multi-cultural society. We hope that our annual Cornwall Respect Festival will provide all of us from the youngest to the eldest with an opportunity to celebrate, talk, laugh, dance, and generally have fun together.

Cornwall respect believes that throughout the process and organisation of this festival it is vital to engage with all people. As well as offering a chance to showcase local talent, we hope to offer young people a chance to shadow the organisers, media, bands, and so on. We will also be working with schools. We hope to offer workshops in theatre, costume and musical instrument making, and dance.

It is of the highest importance to us that the festival is an inclusive event. We would welcome any ideas, and input that you may care to offer. Whether as an individual, community, organisation, institution, agency, school or college, trader, business, club, society, all are welcome. So say no to racism, bigotry, and segregation; And yes to love, understanding, and acceptance by celebrating with us.

One Love

Dean

For further details, or expressions of interest in: Participating, performing, donating, supporting, volunteering, stallholding, trading, or becoming a friend of Cornwall Respect festival;

Please contact: Dean Harvey 07515580002

dean@pentreath.co.uk

Or listen to ‘The Collective Source’ on source FM, (6-8pm every Friday)

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