Cultures from across world are celebrated in Havant

BIG DAY From left, Baku Thaker, Praful Thaker, Macela Santos, her son Vitor Santos, Pam Nelson and Neide Drain from the Havant Multicultural Forum.  Picture: Steve Reid (122605-832)
BIG DAY From left, Baku Thaker, Praful Thaker, Macela Santos, her son Vitor Santos, Pam Nelson and Neide Drain from the Havant Multicultural Forum. Picture: Steve Reid (122605-832)

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PREPARE your tastebuds for an explosion and your ears for the African drums in Havant’s multicultural festival.

The event, in its fourth year, features music from across the globe, including Brazil, India, Caribbean, the Middle East and Ireland.

Event organiser Neide Drain, 55, said: ‘There will be a great mix of music, food and stalls – it will be a good family day out.’

There will be interactive workshops involving Brazilian martial art Capoeira, circus skills, Indian dance and drumming.

The musical entertainment includes African drums, Shawnee Indian group, and a Caribbean light steel band.

Artists confirmed so far include Reggae band Emiliyah, MightyZ All Stars, Irish band Feckless and Sunny UK Bhangra band.

There will be a range of food including Caribbean, curry, burgers and hot dogs, as well as Brazilian food.

The festival has been backed by local sponsors and shops.

Mrs Drain said: ‘We have lots of stalls booked. There will be craft, art and African sculpture.

‘For the children, there will be a circus all day and I’m sure the adults will love that as well.

‘Havant Borough Council has been really good.

‘Pfizer has been a great financial support and Tesco and Asda sponsored us as well.

‘The response has been amazing.’

Jon Tucker, site lead at Pfizer in New Lane, Havant, said: ‘We are very proud to support this event as part of our community funding programme.’

The multicultural forum is in talks with another big sponsor but is waiting for confirmation.

The forum started in 2008 with a small group of volunteers and has now achieved a not-for-profit status.

The festival takes place in Havant Park on Saturday, September 8 from midday and is free.