Love Basingstoke chats to Basingstoke Multicultural Forum, the organisers of World Party.
Tell us about World Party
The World Party is a glorious celebration of the incredible diversity of our wonderful town and surrounding areas which comprises of over 75 different communities. Supported by our local council, civic and businesses, thousands experience the cuisine, music, dance and cultures from around the world. Activities for children and adults alike with kids’ rides, henna, face-painting, free workshops and a whole lot more are on offer. Basingstoke Multicultural Forum (BMF) has been organising this event since 2010 in Eastrop Park in Basingstoke, although we did have to skip the COVID years.
This year, the BMF is determined to make a come back for the World Party post-COVID as there were several requests from local communities. Bringing it back shows that it is possible to celebrate and showcase culture safely after years spent largely in isolation, when solace was being sought online almost exclusively. Since the pandemic, digital entertainment (as well as socialising) platforms have been expanding exponentially.
What can people expect from this year’s event?
On the day of the event, BMF will be organising performances by professional artists, running an art workshop and awarding an “Art award” to the performers participating in the workshop. BMF is engaging with a number of local schools to run this workshop and other artists to run various artistic activities.
There will also be a parade attended by local schools and community members. A number of communities from multicultural background will be showcasing their cuisines at the event.
Where and when will it be running?
This year the event is taking place at Eastrop Park, between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 17 June.
Is there a charge to attend?
It is free entry and open to all ages.
What are your favourite parts about this particular event?
Celebrating bringing different cultures together through art, performing art, food and various other organised activities in the Eastrop Park.