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Special celebration of cultures in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 09:09 29 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:09 29 July 2014

Festival of Cultures 2013 at the Forum. Picture: SUBMITTED

Festival of Cultures 2013 at the Forum. Picture: SUBMITTED


A colourful festival celebrating the array of different cultures there are in Norwich is to take place in August.

Festival of Cultures 2013 at the Forum. Picture: SUBMITTEDFestival of Cultures 2013 at the Forum. Picture: SUBMITTED

The Festival of Cultures, organised by Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind, will be at the Forum on Saturday, August 16.

The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will feature music, dance, food, crafts, workshops and more from around the world.

“The day is about bringing together different groups to talk about their cultures, about showing people the diversity there is in Norwich, and about people feeling proud of their communities and sharing their cultures,” said Amrita Kulkarni, community development manager at Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind.

“Come along and see how culturally rich Norwich is with all these different communities.”

Among the groups taking part in the day will be Ichigonokai (Japanese Society), Bulgarians in Norwich and Norfolk,

Norwich Congolese community, members of the Polish community, Society Alive (West Africa), the Neesa Project, New Routes, ZIMCAN (Zimbabwean Community Association Norwich). Other organisations include the Norwich CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Police, Hate Free Norfolk, Healthwatch, Day of the Girl Child and the Health Trainer service.

The Time to Change Village will also be there to raise awareness of mental health.

Norwich Mind’s deputy CEO Sandra Flanagan said: “The Festival of Cultures is a unique opportunity to celebrate and explore the diversity of Norfolk culture.

“It is an exciting event that demonstrates the vibrant communities that have chosen Norfolk as their home and how they have enhanced the county. The festival gives everyone the opportunity to be part of an international celebration with groups from all over the world, it promotes a cohesive society and understanding and is a fantastic fun day for all the family.”

• The Festival of Cultures, supported by Norwich City Council, is at the Forum on Saturday, August 16 11am-4pm.

• Are you organising a cultural festival in Norwich? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at


  • Mixing different cultural groups rarely works and only creates problems as each have their own cultures and traditions , sad but true

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    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Certainly true that many people like living amongst their own population and often feel they are being sidelined by other communities . The attitudes of many Muslims towards gay people and women is very disturbing especially when we have fought for our rights for a long time.

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    Ryan Bure

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Only a few die hard Guardian readers believe that multi culturalism works, most people from different cultures like to live with their own traditions and I guess that is why many from the Muslim faith would like to see me and my gay friends outlawed and women to be kept at home and stopped from working , each to their own but I am not happy that people from other cultures tell me how to live my life and that homosexuality is evil.

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    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • only by rac1sts and big0ts like yourself, blister

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    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I don't mind if they put on some nice grub.

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    Monday, July 28, 2014

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