This is how Liverpool will celebrate World Harmony Day 2017
A celebration of Liverpool’s diverse culture is taking place on World Harmony Day on Tuesday 21 March at the Florence Institute in the Dingle.
The event, taking place from 10am – 4pm and organised by Liverpool Homeless Football Club with funding from LCVS and support from Liverpool City Council, is aimed at combatting racial hatred and discrimination following Brexit and the rise of extremist nationalism.
Liverpool as a city has a great cultural background, and has a long history of welcoming people from far and wide.
The idea of the day is to bring the cultures and communities of Liverpool together using music dance and food while reaching out to the hardest to reach of communities.
There will be performances from African Gospel singers, African drummers, Irish dancing, Nordic Music, Bollywood dancing and workshops, football and food from various cultures.
There will be live music or dance from each culture and each group will have a time limit to do their favourite or national sport.
Organisations involved include:
• The Merseyside Congolese Association,
• Sheila Kay Foundation,
• Merseyside Police,
• Royal Navy
• South Liverpool CAB,
• Irish Community Care,
• Nordic Church.
• Ishtar TV Belly Dancing and BollyWood Dancing.
• Mary Seacole House,
• Liverpool Development Support.
• Street League.
Steve Barton Engagement Officer for Liverpool Homeless FC said: “Due to recent issues, it concerns us that people may be discriminated against due to their religion, culture, position in society. sexuality or disability.
“I believe as a city we can come together as one to stop this happening under our noses, we have a great chance to lead the way in Liverpool for other cities to follow.
“We are lucky enough to be supported by some wonderful agencies who can also offer support and advice on various issues.”
Cllr Emily Spurrell, Mayoral lead for Community Safety, added: “I’m really pleased to be asked to support this event.
“Liverpool has a strong history of welcoming diverse communities and it’s great to see Liverpool homeless football club putting on this day so residents from across the city can experience the different cultures.
“I would encourage all residents to come along and take advantage of the free food and entertainment.”
Separately, on Tuesday 28 March from 10 am – 3pm, the spirit of Merseyside 4 a side Football League will kick off focussing on tackling racism and diversity at Lucozade power league in Kirkdale.
Aimed at men aged 16 plus, there will be stalls from agencies that promote anti-discrimination and racism campaigns.
Transport will be available for community groups who may have issues getting to the events.