Cultures to come together at show

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PERFORMERS will celebrate cultures across the world at a Rotherham festival.

Organisers of the annual Diversity Festival, part of the annual Rotherham Show, which takes place on September 8 and 9, say the event is shaping up to be the best yet despite a tough financial year.

Rotherham Multicultural Group has relied on dedicated volunteers to put together this year’s Clifton Park event in the face of funding shortfalls.

Along with artists and workshops for people of all ages, the main stage boasts an impressive line-up of local talent and acts from across the country. One of the themes of this year’s event will be a celebration of 50 years of independence for Jamaica, reflected in Sunday headliner Ossie Gad.

Young people from Herringthorpe and Rawmarsh are also set to take to the stage with a mix of music and dance. There is something for everyone - from Zumba tasters to papercraft masterclasses from Rotherham Wah Hong Chinese Association.

Sameer Butt, of Rotherham Multicultural Group, said: “It is fabulous the amount of talented performers and artists there are in Rotherham. And we aim to try and have something from all areas of Rotherham and to please everyone too.”

Jo Mailer, of Wah Hong, said: “It’s always such a wonderful event to be part of, and it has such a friendly family atmosphere”.

Naveen Judah, the Treasurer of the Group said: “The festival is all run by volunteers with a strong belief that the arts and music bring people together, so we are grateful for all help, whether financial or from volunteers.”