Festival celebrates different cultures around the world

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LIVE music from around the world brought a touch of carnival spirit as hundreds of people embraced the spirit of multiculturalism.

This year’s Multicultural Festival saw Portsmouth’s Castle Field packed with people wanting to try new food and meet new people.

132417_MULTI_CULTURE_1/9/13''(l-r) Hannah Butcher, Jake Tyler, and Pav Grey from Drum 4 Fun. ''Drumming workshop at The Portsmouth Multicultural Festival at Castle Field, in Southse. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132417-646)

132417_MULTI_CULTURE_1/9/13''(l-r) Hannah Butcher, Jake Tyler, and Pav Grey from Drum 4 Fun. ''Drumming workshop at The Portsmouth Multicultural Festival at Castle Field, in Southse. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132417-646)

Artistic and musical activities had families enjoying themselves in the sun throughout the day.

There were also a range of performances on stages set up around the field.

Volunteers and staff from the British Red Cross were at the festival to mark the international Day of the Disappeared.

They were promoting their work in reuniting families around the world who have been separated by conflict.

Louise de Brisson is the Portsmouth-based international family tracing 
co-ordinator for the British Red Cross.

She said: ‘Every year, thousands of people across the world go missing due to conflicts or disasters.

‘For those relatives left behind, not knowing the fate of their loved ones becomes an ever-present anguish.

‘Our volunteers are hoping to spread the word about the important work we do so we can reach more people who need our help.

‘It’s great to see so many people here at an event like this one.

‘It’s good to meet new people and for us it’s also good to meet other organisations which we might be able to work with.’

The free event saw a number of community organisations set up stalls to offer advice and information about different services in the city.

Sadie Garcia, 26, of Albert Road in Southsea, said: ‘I love events like this because there are all kinds of different people you can talk to and different things to look at and try.

‘It’s a good event and I’m glad something like this is held in the city.

‘It’s important to remember that people come from all over the world and have all these different stories and cultures to share.’