VIDEO: Drumming and drama day helps celebrate diversity

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Multicultural communities across Sheffield were showcased with a special day of celebration in the city.

Does Your Face Fit was organised by Sheffield social enterprise Youth Can Achieve and featured demonstrations of music, dance, theatre and fashion.

Part of the event was dance by local groups

Part of the event was dance by local groups

The event, at the Old Junior School in Sharrow, started life as a social research project, in which a group of young people were tasked with exploring the cultural identity of the city.

Shuna Beckett, project director, said: “We had 19 young people, aged 15 to 18, carrying out social research workshops in poor, culturally diverse communities of Sheffield. The research and their findings culminated in the Does Your Face Fit event.

“It was important to these young people to be able to show their findings to as many Sheffield figures as possible, so we invited councillors, police, community groups and representatives from various national and local organisations along.

“Our volunteers wanted to give these people an insight into their communities, demonstrating what they have learned about what people are feeling and experiencing and helping to inform any decisions affecting these communities.”

The volunteers, which included a group from Fir Vale School, designed and delivered interactive workshops and focus groups over the summer and interviewed people in Sharrow, Darnall, Burngreave and Broomhall.

Shuna said: “Almost everyone expressed a strong connection to their community and desire for cohesion and many felt inter-racial relations were improving among the younger generations who were born and raised in multicultural communities.”

Groups performing on the day included the Romano Jilo Dance Group, Cordao de Ouro capoeira group – capoeira is a Brazilian artform combining martial art, dance, music and philosophy – and Side by Side Intercultural drama group.

There was also art, drama and African drumming workshops, as well as a question-and-answer session with Sheffield community experts.