Rainbow Braunstone

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Rainbow Braunstone is this year’s summer festival for St Peter’s Church, Woodshawe Rise, Braunstone. Focused on the weekend 15-17 June, Rainbow Braunstone will celebrate the breadth of cultures in Braunstone in the 21st century, and commemorate the Act of Parliament in 1807 to outlaw slavery within the British Colonies.

Church community worker Chris Florance said: “For the last few years St Peter’s has run a festival in June. We’ve focused on the Spanish Armada and hosted a very successful flower festival – at least 500 local people attended. The festival this year gives us an opportunity to celebrate the richness of our community today and to remember our past.”

Rainbow Braunstone is planning a food festival with tasters from all around the world on Saturday 16th June from 12 – 4pm, together with an exhibition on the slave trade in the past and the slavery of today.

Other events and activities on June 16th include story-telling, stalls from local groups, face-painting, crafts (including making a giant collage of hand prints as a lasting memento of the event), a tug-o-war competition and homemade refreshment stalls.

Rainbow Braunstone will also host a programme of music and arts events, including a Ghanaian drumming workshop. The Sekgura Ensemble, an all-woman British group who play music from Ghana and write their own tunes based on Ghanaian music, will pay a visit. Local schools will be hosting Sekgura during the week after the festival so that Braunstone children can experience the music for themselves. Music from a local Steel pan band is also promised.

The festival culminates with a church service of “Songs of Praise” on Sunday 17th June at 4pm and this will include a visiting Gospel choir.

Canon Chris Burch, priest in charge at St Peter’s, said: “This bicentenary remembering the abolition of slavery fuelled our ideas for this year’s festival. We wanted to be part of the national campaign that commemorates this event and also highlights the slavery that exists today all over the world – such as the trafficking in women for prostitution in the West, or children being forced to labour in a factory making trainers. We hope everyone will want to join us on June 16th, to remember the past and celebrate Braunstone variety today with food and music.”

For more information please get in contact with Chris Florance.

This entry is dated Monday, May 21st, 2007 at 1.21pm and is filed under News.

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