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Preston joins the world in taking a stand against racism

Posted on - 25th February, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, Music, News, Politics, Preston City Centre, University
Salsa dancing on the Flag Market
Salsa dancing on the Flag Market for previous STAR day

Preston will join together in a show of defiance against racism throughout March.

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The Standing Together AGainst Racism Choir perform at the University of Central Lancashire’s Venue 53.

The performance on Friday 16 March (from 7pm to 9pm) sees pupils from Moor Park High School and Brownedge St Mary’s Schools lend their voices for the show.

Young people from Preston will be speaking about anti-racism at the concert.

The following weekend and the city marks the international STAR Day.

Chair of the Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council Veronica Afrin said: “We are extremely pleased to support and co-ordinate the STAR event to celebrate the UN International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination. In addition to this celebration we are privileged to support the Commonwealth event to mark the global family of nations coming to the UK in April 2018.

“Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council continues to promote community cohesion and integration with its partners. Preston is a true multi ethnic and culturally harmonious city in which everyone is respected and treated fairly and justly. These celebrations are testimony to our achievements.”

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The city’s Flag Market on Saturday 24 March sees community groups and organisations come together to celebrate the city’s cultural life with live music and performances.

Cabinet member for social justice, inclusion and policy Preston councillor Matthew Brown said: “I am delighted we are again celebrating Preston’s rich diversity with this year’s STAR events. 2018 is the fifth year we have enjoyed these celebrations which involve many of our children and young people expressing themselves creatively about the kind of world they want to grow up in. With Brexit around the corner and continuing austerity it is essential we come together to ensure everyone, especially children and young people, feel included and safe.”

Pupils from Fulwood Academy and Ashton Community Science College made up the choir
A previous STAR choir

Lancashire County COuncil’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools county councillor Susie Charles said: “This event will address a sensitive subject by promoting positive messages rather than focusing on negative prejudice.

“At the concert, the audience will hear a variety of songs which support the fight against racism and emphasise the importance of community cohesion.

“I’m proud that our young people are playing such a prominent role in various ways at both of the events. It is so important to recognise and support this International Day.

“Bringing all communities together to promote fairness, justice and equality for all our citizens is definitely to be celebrated.

“Preston is proud of its diverse society that is both harmonious and cohesive.

“I’m sure that our young people share this pride and will take an active role building on the achievements we have made by working together so far.”

Both events are free and there’s no need to book, just turn up.

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