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Preston’s diversity to be celebrated with weekend of events

Posted on - 17th March, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Events, Music, Preston City Centre

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A range of events take place in Preston this coming weekend to celebrate the diversity of the city.

An eclectic mix of performances take place at County Hall, the Flag Market and the Guild Hall.

It is part of the Standing Together Against Racism festival.

Events start on Friday 21 March with a community choir performance at County Hall.

Secondary schools are coming together from across Preston to join in a mass choir.

County councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for young people, hosts the event.

On Saturday 22 March there will be a community day on the Flag Market from 11am to 3pm.

A stage is to be put up and songs and dances will be performed throughout the day.

Preston College’s basketball team will perform tricks and an African drumming workshop also takes place.

Preston FM also put up their pop-up gazebo recording Prestonians hopes for the future.

On Sunday 23 March a free music festival is held at the Guild Hall.

A range of acts playing soul, reggae, indie, pop, tabla, sitar and ghazal take to the stage from 1pm to 7pm.

Rizwan Iqbal, creative director of the Love and Etiquette Foundation, said: “It’s great to book these artists from such diverse musical backgrounds who combine the same concise, understated, lyrical insight and wit with class and prowess. This event is much needed to bridge the gap of misunderstanding in our communities through a creative platform everyone can enjoy.”

The music festval is free to attend but tickets must be picked up from the Guild Hall box office in advance.

Councillor Veronica Afrin said: “As a city, Preston is rightly proud of its rich diversity and culture.

“I’m really pleased that the long standing partnership between the City Council, the County Council, the Racial Equality Council and various community groups is working together to bring the ‘Standing Together Against Racism Festival’ to life utilising the excellent facilities we have on offer.

“I will be attending all three events across the weekend, which will be a true celebration and recognition of the hard work over the last 40 years that all communities across the city have done to improve relations in Preston. It’s the people who live in a city that make it what it is, and we are lucky to have many strong communities who want to work together, respect each other and strive to live in peace with each other.

“This truly is something worth celebrating, with many people from across Preston set to take part in the festival.”

Will you be attending any of the events? Let us know in the comments below

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