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Culture ‘comes together’ at Plymouth festival celebrating diversity

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Written By: Sarah Waddington   31/8/15

People of all nationalities have been enjoying a colourful new festival celebrating the city’s diversity today.

From food stalls and arts and crafts, to live music and a bouncy castle – Culture Fest stood out from the usual greenery of Central Park as visitors got stuck into what was on offer.

Annette Laurie, Culture Fest organiser and founder of Laurie Events and Projects (LEAP), said the inclusive day was about people sharing their different ways of life in a relaxed and safe environment.

As the event was coming to a close and visitors were listening to the steel drum performers, she said: “I’ve really seen culture coming together.

“We’ve had some excellent entertainment and one of highlights was a chap who came along with his own instruments and invited the children to come and play them.

“They were bashing them out and then they did a performance of Postman Pat to everyone.”

The event was originally due to take place on August 23, but due to bad forecast weather Annette took the decision to postpone the festival.

“We obviously lost some trade as people were booked up for other events,” she said, “but we still managed to pull this off.

“We are certain there are a lot of people in Plymouth who are here because they want to be [and] we want to see what they can show us about their culture, traditions, cooking and way of life.”

Source: Plymouth  Herald 

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