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Stamford Diversity Festival, organised by Stamford Anti-Racism Group, to be held next August




A festival which celebrates different ethnicities and nationalities is set to be held in Stamford next year.

The event, organised by the Stamford Anti-Racism Group, will showcase food, music and art from different cultures.

Yvette Diaz-Munoz, events co-ordinator, was thrilled after Stamford Town Council gave its approval for the festival, to be held on the Recreation Ground next year.

The band Tala Tarang is set to perform at next year's Stamford Diversity Festival (42893230)
The band Tala Tarang is set to perform at next year's Stamford Diversity Festival (42893230)

A date is set to be fixed at next week’s Stamford Town Council amenities committee but Yvette is suggesting the event is held on August 30, 2021.

She said: “The reason we have gone for bank holiday Monday is because it is the weekend they have the Notting Hill Carnival.

“We are not quite Notting Hill but we are a celebration of diversities and will make it into a really fun family day.

“It’s celebrating a multi-ethnic and multinational community with music artists, the craft community, interesting styles, fusion food and drink as well as activities for children.”

Yvette already has a number of musicians, artists and businesses who have insight in to different cultures signed up to take part in the one-day festival.

She said it would be dependent on Covid-19 restrictions which may be in place next year.

“It isn’t until next August so I’m hopeful,” she added.

Money will be raised for the festival via the Stamford World Cook Book which is set to be released in the next few weeks.

The book includes 25 recipes from people in the area of different heritages.

“It’s a really good way to show that these are the people who live in Stamford,” said Yvette.

“You think Stamford is this typical middle class, white British town but actually, once you get under the surface, there are lots of different cultures.”

The idea for the festival was inspired by results from an online survey circulated by the Stamford Anti-Racism Group. Results showed that raising awareness and events to celebrate the multi-ethnic community were deemed necessary.

Yvette said: “We are trying to do fun things outside our little Facebook group, to get into the community and show people that different ethnicities and nationalities are not something to be worried about, but something to be enjoyed and celebrated.

“It’s interesting to meet somebody and learn about a different way of life.”



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