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A three day festival to show a united face against racism has been hailed as a “memorable event.”

The Standing Together Against Racism festival (STAR) in Preston ran over the weekend and featured a host of community activities involving music, dance and sport.

On Sunday there was a music festival at Preston’s Guild Hall, which featured a line up of Soul, Reggae, Indie, Pop, Ghazal, Tabla, Sitar and Nasheed artists.

On Saturday there was a community day on Preston’s Flag Market and on Friday Preston Schools performed songs based on the themes of the festival at County Hall.

Rizwan Iqbal, Creative Director, The Love and Etiquette Foundation, said: “This event is exactly what we need to raise awareness and redress some of the prejudices that exist in society, especially through creative platforms like music.”

Organisers said the good will and energy of everyone involved made it a memorable event for the City.

With around 400 people enjoying music from a range of artists including Elmi Ali, Martin Visceral Stannage, Jon Sterckx and Ricky Romain, Victorian Dad and SilkRoad Band.

Bosses behind the event are already promising that the festival will return for another star studded line-up in the future.




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