On Friday 19th May we had a Multicultural Event in Barnes. It was very successful with 55 people attending the event. We would like to thank AgeUK for the use of their premises to hold this wonderful event.
The event brought people of all backgrounds and faiths together to celebrate diversity from all parts of Richmond Borough.
Surinder Sembi introduced the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Benedict Dias who opened the event. He talked about his own experience of living in a multicultural society and the benefits it has brought to the country and the importance of community cohesion.
The aim of community cohesion is to bring people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures together, to socialise and develop good relationships between each other.
This is particularly important as we live in a very diverse society and have much to learn from each other’s cultures
The event included a Bollywood dance by a group of ladies from the Minority Ethnic Elders Group who were trained by Tom McCann of Combination Dance. It was a very colourful affair, all their training and rehearsals had paid off to produce a flowing movement of graceful dancers and an entertaining performance. Watch out Bollywood you have competition!
We then had exotic belly dances from Roxanna who gave exhilarating rhythmic performances. Finally we had a dramatic and exploding modern piece by Tom McCann who moved with such grace, flexibility and power, it was an amazing performance.
Participants also had a chance to join in the fun after the dance performances with Tom McCann, who showed our guests how to dance to Rock and Roll, Soul, Country Music and Bhangra!
It was a great experience for all our guests who had so much fun. The evening was finished by a delicious hot Indian vegetarian meal.
Bike Across Cultures Saturday 1st July
Our Annual Bike Across Cultures event is happening this Saturday 1st July, please come along and enjoy the day at Richmond Park, Kingston Gate.
Bike Across Cultures, is a joint event between the Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group in Richmond, Kingston Racial Equality Council and GoLocal Richmond. All organisations work for equality & community cohesion.
I hope to see you there