Multicultural festival a smash hit

4/9/2011 JN''Anuradha Kowtha 31 performs an Indian Dance at the Portsmouth Multicultural Festival.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113143-2)
4/9/2011 JN''Anuradha Kowtha 31 performs an Indian Dance at the Portsmouth Multicultural Festival.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (113143-2)

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MUSIC, food and workshops from around the world brought out the crowds for the annual Portsmouth Multicultural Festival.

For the 16th year running Castle Field filled with stalls and stages as people from across the city arrived to celebrate its mixture of cultures.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Cheryl Buggy, opened the festival at midday before dancers including street dance group 2nd 2 none and Belly Dance Nasira took to the stages.

Performers demonstrated flamenco, Thai and Indian dancing.

Live music came from indie band Reactor 1, Celtic band White Hot Pipes, the Sambatida drum group and a choir in the open-air arena.

Organiser and chairman of the Portsmouth Multicultural Group Junior Davis said: ‘Once the rain stopped it was a very successful day. We always get a lot of support from traders and local people and it’s good to see so many braving the weather to come out.’

Becky Smith, 29, of Cuthbert Road, Kingston, said it was her second year at the festival.

‘The atmosphere is always great,’ she said. ‘And the Caribbean food was delicious.’

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