A riot of music and colour will open Havant multicultural festival

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GET your dancing shoes on ready to do the samba.

The vibrant opening ceremony for Havant multicultural festival has been announced and it’s going to be loud.

Samba band The Big Noise will literally stop traffic as they make their way through Market Parade and onto Havant Park.

Havant Borough Council has given permission to close the road from 11.45am on September 8 for 15 minutes so people can watch the spectacle.

Now in its fourth year, the event will celebrate the growing diversity of cultures in the area with influences from India, Brazil, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Neide Drain, secretary of the festival, said: ‘We wanted to start with something amazing to set the atmosphere for the festival.

‘The samba band are absolutely brilliant and I’m sure they will get people dancing in the street.

‘We want to create a real carnival atmosphere, starting at Market Parade, and hopefully people will follow the music into the park.

‘It’s going to be a really exciting opening ceremony.’

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

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 tasty food from around the world. The festival has been backed by local sponsors and shops.

It begins at midday at Havant Park and is free.