New Diversity Festival comes to Dorset

New Diversity Festival comes to Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 1:33pm 6th March 2020. (Updated at 2:27pm 6th March 2020)

Previously known as Dorset's One World Festival it's been replaced by Diverse Dorset Day.

A diversity festival is coming to Dorchester, previously known as the Dorset One World Festival, the Dorset Race and Equality Council are now holding a Diverse Dorset Day.

The Chairman of Dorset council approached Natalie Sherring, the Chief officer of Dorset Race and Equality Council, to organise a festival to celebrate all the diversity that Dorset has.

It includes people with disabilities, different sexual orientation and covers the whole spectrum of protected characteristics of the equality act.

Activities throughout the day will be similar to the previous festival with music, food and art. 

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Natalie says there will be a marquee with different performers:

"Performers with different characteristics, different ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities too. There will be information stands available from local organisations that support people of a diverse nature."

"Everyone can come and hear about the support that is on offer in the area, and also ask questions if they need to."

Natalie says that it's essential that Dorset has a day to celebrate everybody as the Dorset area isn't very diverse:

"It's especially important to raise awareness about the diversity of Dorset, and to celebrate it. People need to learn from each other, come together and hopefully build friendships and working partnerships to educate people.

"As human beings we fear the unknown and if you don't understand racial or sexual diversity, you can be fearful and may not want to approach those people.

"It doesn't matter if we have a disability or we are from a different country, are transgender or gay, we are all human beings and in that sense we all need to work together. It's probably the most essential time to organise a festival like this."

The Festival is taking place in Borough Gardens in Dorchester on April 18th from 11am - 4pm.