Community event celebrates diversity

Trying out instruments in the music workshop
Trying out instruments in the music workshop

Poetry, music, crafts and a wish tree were used to help break down barriers in the town.

The One Love Worthing community event was held at St Paul’s Art Centre to celebrate diversity and recognise people have more in common than they realise, which can be used to bring them together.

Creativity in the art workshop

Creativity in the art workshop

Luke Angel, from organisers Worthing People’s Assembly Against Austerity, said: “This was a free family friendly event. It was a very successful and enjoyable day with music, art, spoken word, face paint, henna, stalls, workshops, food and drink.

“There was a fantastic variety of performances - amazing singers, pianists, poets, band, children storyteller, with stalls from Worthing Mosque, The Women’s Hub, Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, Train of Thought art gallery, Brighton Migrant Solidarity, Hope not Hate and many others.

“We hope we can bring even more interest for when we hold the next event around March next year.”

The event also helped to launch the One Worthing page on Facebook, which states: “Worthing is rapidly becoming a multicultural hub. This page celebrates that and provides a place to exchange information, events, thoughts and issues.”

Worthing Mosque supporting the event

Worthing Mosque supporting the event

The page wants to bring together the diverse cultures of Worthing ‘to create an online community recognising that we have more in common’, celebrate differences and unite in similarities. It is a ‘place to chat, exchange ideas and information, to post upcoming events and discuss issues related to integrating into a multicultural environment’.

The community event was an opportunity to meet each other, enjoy some art, music and poetry, and discuss the benefits and challenges of living in a multicultural community.

The event also supported the Worthing-based Diverse Community Empowerment Services, a community organisation aiming ‘to address inequality and discrimination in West Sussex through a sharing of cultural understanding, tolerance and empathy, particularly working with young community’.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Children gathered around the stage for story time

Children gathered around the stage for story time

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make our website your homepage at www.worthingherald.co.uk

2 Like our Facebook page at Worthing Herald

3 Follow us on Twitter @Worthing_Herald

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Worthing Herald - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.