Joy as festival lands £6,000 grant

PUBLISHED: 13:24 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 26 October 2009

A CASH boost for a charity will mean it can stage its annual multicultural festival, writes Kelly-Ann Kiernan. Welwyn Hatfield Ethnic Minority Group was handed £6,000 to help stage the Kaleidoscope Festival planned for Saturday, July 19. The money, donat

A CASH boost for a charity will mean it can stage its annual multicultural festival, writes Kelly-Ann Kiernan.

Welwyn Hatfield Ethnic Minority Group was handed £6,000 to help stage the Kaleidoscope Festival planned for Saturday, July 19.

The money, donated by Welwyn Hatfield Council, will mean planned activities including children's attractions, fashion and beauty stands, live music stages and food from around the world, will now go ahead.

Eliud Matindi, the festival's co-ordinator, said: "We are delighted and welcome Welwyn Hatfield Council's continued support.

"Although WHEM Group is proud of the festival's continued achievements and success, the day is aimed at all members of our community.

"Kaleidoscope provides an opportunity for all members of our community to come together and celebrate the area's rich cultural diversity while, at the same time, finding out about local services and opportunities.

"This support from our borough council will help us enable members of our increasingly diverse communities to get together, contributing and strengthening a sense of shared neighbourhoods and values."

Council leader John Dean said: "I feel privileged that this festival, which celebrates all ethnic backgrounds, takes place in our borough.

"Each year the festival grows and I am glad that we can help in its continued success."

To participate in this year's event or to be a supporter, call 01707 262548 or email whemg@yahoo.co.uk

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