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Global extravaganza at Bournemouth International Festival

Families and students danced in Bournemouth at a newly launched festival celebrating Bournemouth’s diverse culture.

The One World International Festival hit the streets this weekend to showcase the many different communities in Bournemouth.

Food stalls, dancers and musicians from around the world each brought their own piece of home to the different events.

The festival’s aim was to show Bournemouth the many different cultures that it harbours in its centre that people may not have known about.

One organiser, Chris Davis said: “We hoped it would be an opportunity for people to discover the different cultures they didn’t even know about that are right at their doorstep.”

Events spread out from Thursday to Saturday, including an international music and club night, a film festival and all day dance and music celebration.

Bright colours flooded Bournemouth high street on Thursday from the samba carnival procession followed by, Colores Mexicanos dancing ladies, Dragon of the South Chinese Lion Dancers and Zlaten Klas Bulgarian fold dancers on Saturday.

Bournemouth based band Afro Tallawah were also featured at the festival, celebrating their love of culture in their Latin infused Afro-Caribbean music.

Funded by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID), the event was organised by The International English Forum and Dorset Race Equality Council.

One World hope to host another event soon and keep spreading international appreciation in Bournemouth.


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