Chelmsford Museum is launching an inaugural ‘Festival Day’ that will celebrate the diverse cultures of Chelmsford, on Saturday 30 September.
The ‘Festival Day’ will take place in and around the museum, with live performances, art, dance and food stalls in the grounds of the museum, at Oaklands Park. Inside the museum there will be the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the museum and try a variety of cultural workshops and activities including; Egyptian drumming, belly dance, Samba dance, Chinese dumpling making, henna hand painting, a Bollywood taster, African block printing, making your own oils, Brazilian massage, as well as many other activities. Performances include Egyptian Tanoura, Samba in full carnival regalia, Polish Folklore and African Dance and Drumming. Food on the day will range from healthy vegan hotpot, good old tea/coffee and refreshments from a retro van, fresh made juice and smoothies, Indian cuisine, Tacos, Japanese street food among others!
Nick Wickenden, Manager, Chelmsford Museum said: ‘This is a wonderful celebration of the people who make up modern Chelmsford, as well as those who made it what it is.’ Nick continued: ‘Both new and old residents of the City are welcome to come to the museum to learn about, and celebrate each other’s cultural backgrounds. The museum is here for all and we are a vital part of the Chelmsford community and we want to reflect that in what we offer.’
‘Festival Day’ will run between 11am and 4pm and entry is free. The event is being supported by the Arts Council England through the ‘No Borders’ project.
The ‘Festival Day’ will also launch the start of the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Oral History Group. The group will record people’s experiences of coming to live in Chelmsford and how they settled into the City’s community through their stories, objects and materials etc. These artefacts will be preserved at Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Records Office. Anyone interested in the group can come along and get involved right at the start on ‘Festival Day’.
To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk
Wednesday 27 September 2017