Black History Month to be celebrated in Harlow

History / Tue 24th Oct 2017 at 07:51am

PATACC is once again pleased to be organising the 2017 Harlow @ 70 Black History Multicultural celebrations. As already known to most people, the purpose of the festival is to provide an opportunity for local people from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate the area’s rich cultural diversity.

This year their theme is to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Harlow Town in addition to 10 continuous years of the Black History Multicultural event in Harlow. Everyone is invited to this festival. There is going to be a birthday cake to be shared among everyone at the festival, which is taking place at Harlow Town Centre Market Square on Saturday 28th October 2017.

There is a rich line-up of activities including the cutting of the 70th Birthday Cake of Harlow with all the activities having history and culture as integral part of their purpose. Many local groups continue to contribute in diverse ways.

The acts this year include The Fireman who eats fire, Rainbow Supreme Twirlers, belly dance by Belly Bells, African drumming dance by Efua Sey Cultural Academy, face painting, traditional artworks, food, information stalls and many more.

PATACC aims for the event are:
●To reach out and bring the people of Harlow to together again as part of the Harlow is 70 celebrations happening throughout the year.
●To contribute towards a community where people from different backgrounds feel they all belong and can come together to celebrate a shared sense of belonging
●To support communication, interactions and engagement between all sections of the community, particularly between local Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) citizens and service providers
●To promote community cohesion and respect between people of different backgrounds by providing a friendly and relaxed opportunity for people to come together and learn from and about each other
●To provide an opportunity for local people to make a positive contribution towards their community by acting as volunteers, exhibitors or performers
●To provide a source of entertainment and activities for a family day out

As a small not for profit organisation, PATACC is only able to host the festival and maintain its success due to the generous support of the local community. This ranges from support in-kind from voluntary, private, public organisations in the area, the commitment and dedication of members of the planning committee as well as the volunteers on the day.

We hope individuals, organisations and businesses will kindly consider becoming partners, sponsors or supporters. We also encourage all cultural groups in and around Harlow to at send representatives to contribute ideas to make subsequent celebrations even better and more participatory.

We look forward to welcoming you all to the Harlow @ 70 Black History Multicultural Festival to celebrate our proud heritage.

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