Young people in Rotherham are to get the chance to learn more about the different cultures and traditions that make up the borough’s diverse communities at a special event for Black History Month.
The Cultural Awareness Extravaganza event takes place at the YMCA Rotherham Myplace building from 12 noon to 4.15pm on Wednesday 30 October.
Aimed at young people aged 11 to 19, it will feature live music performances, including African drumming and Roma rap, a variety of food from around the world, henna, tai chi and Bollywood dancing.
There will be a series of workshops, covering subjects including religions, the stories of refugees and asylum seekers and hate crime awareness.
Young people will also get the chance to find out more about how they can make their voice heard through the Rotherham Youth Cabinet, take part in a cultural quiz or have their face painted as one of the flags of the world.
The event is the brainchild of the Rotherham Youth Cabinet and is being organised with the support of Rotherham Council and REMA (Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance).
By understanding and enjoying more about the diverse cultures of people living side-by-side in Rotherham, the Youth Cabinet hopes that it will bring people together and go some way to improving respect and tolerance and creating more friendships between people from different backgrounds.
Rotherham member of UK Youth Parliament, Amaan Ali Saqlain, said: “We all go to the same schools, live in the same town or work together but there’s a lot that many of us don’t know about each-others cultures or where we originate from – and what we do know can sometimes be negative.
“When I was campaigning to be elected as Member of Youth Parliament for Rotherham, part of my manifesto was about bringing people together to understand more about the backgrounds of different people, which is what I’m hoping this event can achieve.”
Councillor Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Neighbourhood Working, said: "Diversity in our communities is something that we can celebrate, not fear and I am delighted that the young people of Rotherham are showing the way in learning more about the many different cultures that make up our borough."