Birmingham is the capital of Diversity
I have always been incredibly proud to a Brummie – but have never been prouder than after attending a number of community events in recent weeks that have highlighted Birmingham as the capital of Diversity. There is so much happening in Birmingham led by Brummies originating from many diverse areas of the world.
Last week, Victoria Square hosted the Levi Roots Caribbean Food Festival in typical Caribbean weather. I was pleased to meet Levi (above) who many would remember as the inventor of Reggae Reggae source supported by Dragon’s Den. The festival was very successful with the most amazing Jerk Chicken on sale. The Caribbean community play a huge social, economic and cultural role in making Birmingham a fantastic city and this event will be one of many with Jamaican’s in the city also organising events to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Jamaica. We are also pleased that the Jamaican Athletics Team and Usain Bolt will be training in Birmingham leading up to the London Olympics.
A few days later, Handsworth Park hosted the Boishakhi Mêla to celebrate the Bangladeshi New Year. The event was attended by many thousands from across the city and country. The vibrant atmosphere with a variety of entertainment was enjoyed by all irrespective of ethnic background. The Bangladeshi community play a valuable role in the City of Birmingham and I have been very impressed with their social and civic contribution in my ward. Organisations such as Bangladeshi Youth Forum and Aspire & Succeed are led by British Bangladeshi’s and play a huge role in supporting the community through the current difficult times.
I was pleased to support Nash Dom CIC who put together a ‘We are Family’ festival at City College Birmingham Handsworth Campus. The three day festival coincided with the International Day of Families. Below is a picture with a number of activists that helped organise the enjoyable festival.
I have been hugely impressed with Nash Dom, an organisation that brings a number of Eastern European communities together to integrate into wider society and play a role in developing and capacity building communities. I look forward to continuing supporting Nash Dom in their future activities and events.