A community festival is returning to Halliwell for the third time.
The festival – entitled ‘Respect Me – Respect You’ celebrates cultural diversity, community cohesion and the traditions of the local area.
It was first held in 2010 and has now become a popular annual event.
The festival will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 10.30am to 4pm and Sunday, April 22 from 11am to 4pm, in Queens Park, entering via the Chorley New Road gates.
Respect Me, Respect You 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 Queen’s Park and activities on the day will include: live music, clog dancing, Bollywood dancing, a climbing wall, gymnastics, schools’ choir, GM police band and a fun fair, plus much more. On the Sunday there will also be a special ‘Halliwell’s Got Talent’ event.
The festival has been funded and organised by Halliwell Neighbourhood Management and Area Forum, with contributions and support from other local agencies and businesses. Donations for Bolton Hospice will also be collected during the weekend.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health, Councillor Linda Thomas, said: “Halliwell’s Respect Me, Respect You Festival has become a real success story and we are delighted that it is returning once again. It will help communities unite together for two full days of fun activities and be an interesting and educational experience. The festival will help a wide range of people to share their traditions and learn more about other cultures. It is free to everyone, so we’d like to encourage as many people to come along as possible.”