The TACMEP Celebrate! Diverse Cultures Festival takes place in Lower Castle Park, Colchester, on the 3rd July 2010 from 12pm until 5pm.

This free family event, now in its third year, celebrates the rich cultures and diversity in Colchester and is staged by the Tendring and Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership (TACMEP), who are a unique organisation promoting equality across the district.

The day’s celebrations will feature music, dance, visual arts, market stalls and cuisine from around the world. Workshops will also take place, featuring several of the artists performing at the event, allowing visitors to participate and learn new songs, instruments, dances and stories.

The TACMEP Celebrate! Diverse Cultures Festival will be followed by an Eastern Roots concert – a performance by salsa band Sexteto Café at Colchester Arts Centre. With a reputation as one of the best Latin bands in the UK, they will be promoting their new release ‘10 years of Salsa’. Tickets available from 01206 500 900

Celebrate! Diverse Cultures Festival 2010 is sponsored by Explore Culture One World Festival, Essex County Council, Arts Council East, and Colchester Borough Council.

Performance and workshop programme.

STAGE PROGRAMME      
Aliou Diallo and Drum Kulture      
Welcome by your hosts: Miss Happiness Pemiwah and Mr Malkiat Singh      
DJ Carlos Mendoza      
12.25pm       Jaymini Bedia and Priyanka Bedia – Liquid Dance and Tak Deem      
12.35pm       ADP Theatre School (Principle Angie Diggens)      
12.45pm       Still Waters Gospel Choir & Band      
1.15pm       Hosts and Cllr. Paul Smith      
1.20pm       Danegeld Morris Dancers from Bredfield      
1.40pm       Chinese Tai Chi Fan Dance      
1.45pm       Chinese Cultural Society Children’s Community School Choir      
2.00pm       Grattan Puxton Speaks      
2.10pm       Harmonic Voices      
2.35pm       Jeffrey L. Porter, Poet      
2.50pm       Mrs Thabo Gnanauthayan – Bharathanatyam      
3.00pm       Lakho takah nu maru Badaloo: Mala Ben Patel, Indu Ben Brahambhatt, Ramila Ben Patel, Naina K.Patel, Naina A.Patel, Vishali Patel, Komal Patel, Dilek Ayten
3.10pm       Mrs Thabo Gnanauthayan – Bharathanatyam      
3.20pm       La Roma Band      
3.45pm       Anjali Pandya – Aajaa Nachleh “Let’s Dance”      
3.50pm       Clarence Xue – Clarinet Solo      
3.55pm       Bangledeshi Childrens Poetry Recital      
4.05pm       Nepalese Cultural Dance      
4.15pm       Raffle and Bob Russell MP      
4.35pm       Aliou Diallo and Drum Kulture : Senegalese Drums      

WORKSHOP TENT      
12.15-1.00pm       Bhangra Dance with Indi Sandhu      
1.00-1.45 pm       West African Drumming with Aliou Diallo, Drum Kulture      
2.00-2.45 pm       Indian Classical Dance with Jaymini and Priyanka Bedia      
2.45-3.30pm       Morris Dance with Danegeld – by the Boating Lake      
3.30-4.15 pm       Angela Dennis Singing Workshop      
4.15-5.00pm       Mozambique Dance with Esmeralda Pelembe-Marsh

For further information visit www.tacmep.org.uk