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HOPE not hate

One Watford, festive Watford!

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Monday, 12 December 2016, 15:52

If you ask people living in Watford what they love most about their town, the vast majority will say "the people" and its diverse makeup. And it is exactly this sense of community cohesion that our Festive Watford event celebrated.

The event took place in the Holywell estate, one of the more deprived parts of town, and almost 200 people joined us, including those from ethnic minority and faith communities, who brought traditional foods to share.

Kicking off the show were the children from the Polish Association, giving a fantastic display of traditional folk dances and songs, followed by a performance from local celebrity Arjun playing a dhol drum, a staple of Punjabi Sikh culture. The Watford Muslim Youth Centre was represented by a group of eight girls performing a Mini Munshidaat – songs and a poem praising the Prophet Muhammad.

But our event was not just about celebrating diversity and the multicultural fabric of Watford. It was equally important to showcase and celebrate our common values and common love for Watford, a home to us all. It was haeartwarming to see and hear people from all backgrounds singing modern carols with Rock Chorus and joining in with popular traditional carols performed by Leggatts Community Choir.

To close, Rabbi Levine from Watford United Synagogue spoke of a real sense of community togetherness. While we might be going through challenging times at a national level, we must never take for granted the community cohesion we enjoy in Watford, he said. We all agreed that we need to come together more often, and that we can work to get the media to showcase positive stories of integration.

In the New Year, Watford HOPE not hate will seek to build on the success of this event and the vision of unity that brought people together from so many and various communities as One Watford .

If you want to help, please get in touch at [email protected] and follow us on Twitter @WatfordHNH.

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