Dorset One World Festival is coming on Saturday 1st August 2015 – 11-6pm – FREE in the Borough Gardens in Dorchester!
Final preparations are being made to the Dorset One World Festival, a celebration of the diversity of cultures in Dorset through world music, dance, food and activities.
The programme of live music, dance and cultural activities spans the globe including Ukraine, China, Africa, India, Latvia and Nepal. Workshops include African and Polish Dance, introduction to Traditional Indian music and Chinese crafts. The headline band - Dubheart from Bournemouth who recently won the award for the best reggae band in Europe.
You can enjoy a wide selection of cuisines from the Global Food Village whilst soaking up the cultural sights and sounds in the lovely setting of the Borough Gardens, Dorchester.
The kids and youth area has been expanded this year with sports and crafts activities, bouncy castle from the Action Van, Rainbow Arts and Bearcat Collective.
Some of the many highlights are the
-Tug of War - Ghurkas Compete against local teams
- Celebrity Chinese Master Chef - Andy Chu - Cook off competition
- Nepal Art Project Exhibition to mark the 200 years of friendship between Britain and Nepal.
A free community event that has something to appeal to all ages and cultures.
The final programme with times will be vailable from Dorset Tourist Information Centre 2 weeks prior to the event, at www.visit-dorset.com
Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Dorset.One.World.Festival and Twitter @DorsetOneWorld
Kushti Bok issued this press release today:
Thirty years on from the Battle of the Beanfield, Gypsies and Travellers still face huge levels of hostility and prejudice according to Kushti Bok, the Dorset charity that aims to provide a voice for Gypsies and Travellers. On Tuesday, 2nd June, Kushti Bok hosted an inter-agency meeting that pledged to address negative stereotypes and to work for improved community relationships.
“As a group of agencies working together, we can be much more effective,” explained Councillor Andrew Kerby of North Dorset District Council whose portfolio includes Gypsy and Traveller Liaison.
“All of us need to be reminded of our duties under the Equalities Act, 2010,” said Kelly Haggett, Dorset County Council’s Officer for Equality and Diversity.“Not only do we have a legal duty to protect our Gypsy and Traveller communities, more importantly we have a moral duty, not only to protect but to celebrate the contribution of Gypsy and Traveller communities in Dorset.”
Those present and agreeing to a multi-agency approach to tackling prejudice and negative stereotypes included (left to right)
Daniel Biggs, of Borough of Poole
Nathalie Sherring of Dorset Race Equality Council
Councillor Andrew Kerby of North Dorset District Council
Kelly Haggett of Dorset County Council and the Dorset Forum for Equality and Diversity
Revd Roger Redding of the Diocesan Support Group for the Gypsy and Traveller Chaplain
Betty Smith-Billington of GTR Media
Emma Scott of West Dorset District Council and the South West Multi-Cultural Network
Councillor Pauline Batstone of Dorset County Council and North Dorset District Council, also a member of the Chaplain’s Support Group
Kim Creswell of Kushti Bok
The photographer was Jenny Galuschka of Kushti Bok.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM DORSET RACE EQUALITY COUNCIL IN THE FUTURE?
Public Survey RESULTS – April/May 2015
We have carried out a survey of our members and the wider general public in April and May asking people ‘What do you want from Dorset REC in the future?’ Here is some of the things you told us:
1) 53% of respondents had heard of DREC through attending events, working in the Equality field, working for our partners and/or having done some Equality and Diversity training
2) 47% of respondents had not heard of DREC before but heard about the survey and were encouraged to reply to it by their places of work (Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole or Bournemouth Borough Council), through Facebook and a few were encouraged by their friends.
3) Only 30 people out of 177 respondents to the question (17%) had accessed some kind of services i.e attended events, attended training, received information and advice, were supported by DREC, only 2 respondents said they had been victims of racism and had been supported by DREC
4) The top 3 priorities to achieve race equality are: Promote positive images of multiculturalism in Dorset (72.20%), Work with Local Authorities to promote Equality and Diversity (69.31%) and Offer free advocacy, advice and information to victims of discrimination (65.34%)
5) 4 main areas of improvement for the future were highlighted: