A community festival will take place for the first time this year in Halliwell, which celebrates cultural diversity, community cohesion and the traditions of the local area.
The ‘Respect Me – Respect You’ festival is taking place on Saturday, April 17, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, at Bolton Rugby Club, Avenue Street, Halliwell, Bolton.
The event will include a vibrant mix of entertainment such as international and local folk music and dance, as well as food from around the world prepared by the local community and voluntary groups.
The event will be held both outdoors and in a large marquee, and activities on the day will include: live jazz and folk music, folk dancing, an It’s a Knockout competition, outdoor sports, face painting, henna hand painting, gymnastics display, a bird of prey demonstration, children’s arts and crafts activities and a bouncy castle.
To round off the festival, there will also be a family-friendly Barn Dance and dance displays from 7.00 – 11.00pm in the Festival marquee at the Rugby Club.
The event has been funded and organised by Halliwell Neighbourhood Management and Area Forum, with contributions from Bolton at Home, Contour Homes and Bolton Council’s Sports, Health and Inclusion team.
Linda Thomas, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health said: “Halliwell’s festival is an excellent idea which will help communities unite together for one full day of fun activities. The experience will not only be interesting but educational as well. The festival will help both young and old, both local and international people to share their traditions and learn more about other cultures. The festival is free to everyone, so we’d like to encourage as many people to come along as possible.”
The partners involved in organising and supporting this event include: Halliwell Neighbourhood Management; Bolton Lads and Girls Club; Bolton at Home; Shpresa Organisation; Krishna Temple; Bolton Rugby Club; Afro-Caribbean Elders Association; Pukaar Asian Women’s Group; Contour Homes; North Bolton Support Group; St Joseph’s Church and School; Halliwell Historical Society; Bolton FM; Bolton School; Community and Voluntary Services; UCAN; Bolton Wanderers Football in the Community; Oxford Grove Children's Centre; Bolton Fire and Rescue Service; Greater Manchester Police; Halliwell Area Forum; and Halliwell Youth Themed Group and the Youth Service.