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On the 16th September 2012 Norwich Festival of Cultures was held at the Forum for the first time. The Inclusion Project is to help and support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Norwich.
Showreel below of all the images I took at the festival inbetween volunteering.
The festival is celebrated every year by Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Inclusion Project. The festival was hugely successful and included many people from different cultures. There was dancing, singing and music which was amazing. It was fantastic and so interesting to see the different cultures dancing in their beautiful costumes.
Peter Gianfrancesco, Chief Executive at Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind was there to do an opening speech.
Paola Colombo who is the Inclusion Manager at Mind did a fantastic job of organising the Festival.
The Time to Change Village Cinema also came to the event and I was a volunteer for the day. I helped put together a showreel for the event which included Time to Change footage and Inclusion Mind films. Time to Change is a campaign to help end and challenge mental health discrimination. Please see link at top of blog for link to website.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and talked to many people about the Time to Change Campaign, Mental Health and Mind. I wore my Inclusion Mind T-Shirt and my Mind First Aider Associates Hat.
The Human Library also was at the festival and was located inside the Forum.
Quote from Human Library Website: (see top of blog for link to website)
‘The Human Library is an innovative method designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach. Visitors to a Human Library are given the opportunity to speak informally with “people on loan”; this latter group being extremely varied in age, sex and cultural background. The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. It is a concrete, easily transferable and affordable way of promoting tolerance and understanding.’
I really enjoyed the day and meeting so many interesting people and loved volunteering for Mind Inclusion and Time to Change.