One Bolton Festival ends on a high note 

06/08/09

Victoria Square will be turned into a giant open-air theatre with spectacular street dance performances this Saturday, August 8.

The show is the highlight of the One Bolton Festival finale weekend. The festival was organised by Bolton Council and its partners with the aim of bringing the borough’s diverse communities together. The eight-week event has been sponsored by the Bolton and District Hospital Saturday, a not-for-profit insurance company.

Professional street dancers from Gulliver's Boom Box will perform at noon and 2.30pm to music from a giant ghetto blaster. The artists will show off their moves to soul music from the 70s through to the 80s era, and the birth of rap music to the present day.

Backflips, handstands and somersaults will be the order of the day when Urban Playground perform at 12.45pm and 3.15pm. The group specialise in Parkour – also known as the sport of freerunning. Experts from the team will be giving free workshops from 1pm to 2.30pm and 3.30pm to 4pm.

There will also be performances from local groups from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Leader of Bolton Council Councillor Cliff Morris said: “There has been something for everyone over the last two months. The start of the One Bolton Festival marked the launch of Bolton FM, the town’s first community radio station, and the show planned for Saturday is engaging, theatrical and should be a real crowd puller.”

Bolton and District Hospital Saturday’s Business Development Manager Dr. Jane Barber added: “We are delighted to have sponsored the One Bolton Festival, because we believe the ethos and rationale behind this Festival marries perfectly with our own. We are all about assisting people within the local communities in Bolton by providing affordable healthcare cover and by making donations to local charities."
Other highlights throughout the One Bolton Festival finale weekend include the Bolton Bazaar on Saturday in Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street from 11am to 11pm. Now in its 6th year, this event celebrates the different communities and cultures that reside within Bolton and the region. Finishing off proceedings is Bolton Mela, taking place in Haslam Park, on Sunday August 9 from 11am to 7.30pm.

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