Diversity in Halliwell 

Boy taking part in tug of war
A youngster taking part in last year's event.

A community festival is returning to Halliwell for the second time, which celebrates cultural diversity, community cohesion and the traditions of the local area.

The Respect Me – Respect You festival was first held in 2010 and was such a success it is being held again this year.

The festival will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday, May 15 from 11.30am to 4pm, at Bolton Rugby Club, Avenue Street, Halliwell.

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 folk music, archery, falconry, children's arts and crafts, face painting, henna hand painting, outdoor sports, gymnastic displays and a bouncy castle.

The festival has been funded and organised by Halliwell Neighbourhood Management and Area Forum, with contributions from Bolton at Home, Contour Homes, ASDA and Franco Pizzas.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health, Councillor Linda Thomas, said: “Halliwell’s festival was a real success last year and we are delighted that it is returning this year. 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. The festival is free to everyone, so we’d like to encourage as many people to come along as possible.”  

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