Everyone is invited to the ‘This is Luton’ Festival, a free cultural awareness and family event hosted by Luton in Harmony on Saturday 10 June, 12pm-5pm, Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA.
The festival, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will feature a variety of community stalls to reflect the diversity of Luton with representation from the Women’s Institute and the Asian, Bahá’í, Irish, Romanian, Somalian and African/Caribbean communities to highlight Luton’s history and culture. There will also be different foods to sample, information stalls as well as music and dance performances featuring the Big Choir, Patsy Izzard Dance Company, Phoenix Starr Academy and Tina’s School of Dance.
For the fashion conscious, there will be a cultural fashion show, as well as competitions and fantastic prizes to be won. Children will be fully entertained with lots of activities including face painting, balloon modelling, craft workshops, bouncy castle, bucking bronco and games. And if you’re feeling fit why not join in the Zumba session run by Gold Star Fitness?
Also if you have a story to tell, get down to the festival as there will be a roving reporter from Runway Media interviewing people on their history of Luton.
Luton in Harmony will also be supporting the Great Get Together initiative, in memory of Jo Cox, which is a national celebration aiming to bring communities together. As part of the festival we are encouraging people to bring picnics to the park and have conversations with their neighbours.
Lloyd Denny, Independent Chair, Luton in Harmony, said: “Luton is a great town with over 130 languages spoken by many different communities. Our festival is a great opportunity for people from different backgrounds and cultures to come together and celebrate the differences of our communities, as well as identify the many similarities.”
In the evening, residents and visitors to the town are invited to The Big Iftar, 7pm-10pm, Wardown Park, which is a community event to mark the breaking of the daily fast of Ramadan. Here you can learn about Ramadan and why the Muslim community fast. The programme will include children’s activities, face painting, mehndi and a quiz to test your knowledge.
A cultural meal will be provided once the fast has been broken. To receive the free meal you will need to present a ticket which you can book via Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk) or collect tickets from the Luton in Harmony stand during the This is Luton Festival.
Lloyd added: “We also hope that people will stay in the park and join our Muslim communities at the Big Iftar and learn more about their religion, create new friendships and enjoy a wonderful meal with them.”
The Big Iftar is supporting the Luton Foodbank and other charities for the homeless, attendees of the Big Iftar are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable foods to the event.
It is supported by Luton in Harmony, Inspire FM, Bedfordshire Police, Luton Council, Luton Culture, Chaul End Nursery and Dallow Learning and Community Centre.
For more information about the This is Luton Festival email Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details or to book tickets for The Big Iftar visit www.eventbrite.co.uk or email Shohir.email@example.com