All roads will lead into Preston next weekend as thousands converge on the city centre to show a united face against racism.
The Standing Together Against Racism Festival (STAR) will span three days and feature a host of community activities involving music, dance, chat and sport.
“It will be a true celebration and recognition of the hard work over the last 40 years that all communities across the city have done to improve relations in Preston,” said the city’s Mayor Coun Veronica Afrin.
“This truly is something worth celebrating, with many people from across Preston set to take part.”
The festival, which has the motto “Inspiring Through Words and Music,” will kick off with a community schools choral concert on Friday from the council chamber at County Hall. The County Council’s Young People’s Service will bring together secondary schools from across the city “to participate in a mass choir and show their commitment to community cohesion and creating a safer Preston, where racism is not tolerated.”
Inspired by the success of the 2012 Guild, Saturday will be a community day on the Flag Market. The event will involve stage performances involving song and dance and including a demonstration from Preston’s College’s ‘Harlem Globetrotters’ basketball team.
There will also be the opportunity to take part in an African drumming workshop and a penalty shoot-out organised by Preston North End.
And on Sunday there will be a music festival at the Guild Hall featuring a talented line-up of artists covering Soul, Reggae, Indie, Pop, Ghazal, Tabla, Sitar and Nasheed.
“As a city Preston is rightly proud of its rich diversity and culture,” added the Mayor.
The festival runs from March 21 to 23.