Smiling Faces Everywhere at Diversity Event
Thursday 1st April 2010
A record number of people turned out for the
Spring Celebrating Diversity Event 2010, held at Queen's Park, on
Saturday 27th March.
Bedfordshire’s New Migration Partnership and
Bedford Borough’s Queen’s Park Neighbourhood Centre teamed up with
a host of other partners to deliver a fun-packed afternoon of
family entertainment, performances, and to taste foods from across
the world, making it a truly fantastic day out. A total of
1,638 people turned up to soak up the vibrant, exciting and
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “Community spirit is alive and well across the borough. The
superb turnout at this event shows how willing people are to forge
links within and across local communities, and to have fun while
Family fun on the day included an: ice-rink,
bouncy castles, magic shows and balloon-sculpting. Performances
include: World Poetry, African Drumming, Asian Dance, Polish Song
and Dance, Italian Performers and Street Dance. World Foods, for
tasting on the day, included: Asian, Italian, Eastern European,
African, English and Vegan and raw foods.
Eugene Matthias, President of the Magic Club
of Great Britain, said: “So many faces, so much fun and laughter.
This has possibly been one of the best attended and most successful
community events I have been asked to take part in.”
There was opportunity during the event for new
migrants to talk about, and record, their experiences of settling
in Bedfordshire, both through a video booth and an art competition.
Prizes awarded to competition winners came in the form of Easter
eggs, with the overall winner receiving an i-pod donated by Vivien
Barker from The Felicity Fund.
The event also provided migrant families with
an opportunity to access information, support and advice from a
range of service providers. Free health checks were available for
those aged 40-75 years-old throughout the day.
Feedback from the event will help our planning
to improve again our services for new migrants and local