Festival celebrates diverse communities

July 26 2022

Traditional Colombian dancing from Ayahuasca

Traditional Colombian dancing from Ayahuasca

PEOPLE from across Bristol and the world came together for a celebration event in Page Park as part of Bristol Refugee Festival.

Around 500 people attended the event to listen to musicians, watch dancers – and join in.

The Celebrate with Me event on June 25 was the climax of three weeks of shows, parties, films, sporting tournaments and discussions with the theme Healing Through Community.

Bristol Refugee Festival runs arts, cultural and educational events with the aim of celebrating the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to the city, create a better understanding of why people seek sanctuary, help overcome misconceptions and bring together communities.

Melody Beard, of the Bean Tree Cafe, co-organised the Page Park event with Penny Caffrey from charity Movema, supported by groups including South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network and funded by South Gloucestershire Council.

Melody said: "It was a really memorable day – it felt like it was something different in the park and represented the whole of the community.

"About 30% of people who attended were from the global majority (non-white ethnic groups).

"The feedback was really positive and people want to see it again next year."

Pictures by B Squared Studio