Pictures: North Devon Diversity Festival goes ‘from strength to strength’
PUBLISHED: 12:21 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 22:36 10 July 2017
Families enjoy sixth annual celebration of global culture in Barnstaple.
Thousands of people attended North Devon’s annual celebration of global culture and individuality on Saturday.
Barnstaple’s Castle Green hosted a day of entertainment and activities, including yoga, Indonesian and African dance workshops, complementary therapy tasters and world story telling sessions.
The free family event also featured African costume jewellery workshops, and visitors were also able to try their hand at drama, meditation and poetry reading, as well as sample culinary treats from around the world.
There were live performances throughout the day, including samba drumming, rap, tribal dancing, world folk music and belly-dancing.
Celtic folk rock band Dambuskers and reggae group Lionstar were among a billing of live acts performing on the main stage.
County and district councillor Brian Greenslade said the event went ‘from strength to strength’, while fellow district and town councillor Ian Roome added: “What a great diversity festival today. Well done to all the volunteers and organisers; fantastic music, food and variety of stalls.”
The Voice radio presenter Paul Hopper called the festival ‘superb’.
“Great acts from around the world celebrating peace, love and coming together,” he added.
Event manager Naomi Chunilal, of North Devon Sunrise CIC, said: “It was wonderful to witness over 6,000 people from all walks of life from across northern Devon, coming together on Castle Green to celebrate human diversity and equality.
“To witness people from all different backgrounds celebrating human spirit, goodwill, and friendship - something that is beyond nation states, borders, politics and division.
North Devon Sunrise would like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who gave support and help the festival: our funders, partner agencies, the musicians, dancers, performers and workshop leaders. Most of all, thank you to everyone in the community who celebrated with us in body or spirit - all of you who dare to trust and believe in a world of compassion, acceptance and respect for all human beings.
“The Diversity festival is just a small part of the work we do at NDS to promote the acceptance and inclusion of different groups across the region. Please get in touch with us at North Devon Sunrise to find out more about the different activities and events that we organise to promote social justice, human dignity and equality across the region.”
North Devon Sunrise is holding a free world activity morning for children during the school holidays on Tuesday, August 15 from 10am to 12.30pm.
Children will be able to learn Indian cooking and design a henna pattern to be painted on their hands by a henna artist. To book a place, visit www.northdevonsunrise.org