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Festival of Lights set to bring people together.

A SPECTACULAR celebration of cultural diversity will be held in two of north Coventry's parks this month to embrace Foleshill's Festival of Lights.

Organised by Friends of Foleshill a community group actively dedicated to bringing the residents of Foleshill and the surrounding areas together, the two-day extravaganza will celebrate all faiths and diversities with spectacular displays of dance, music, arts and entertainment.

Kicking off on Saturday, October 14 with Community of Lights at Edgwick Park from noon to 6pm, the event will feature special performances from the Godiva Sisters, Chinese fan dancers, Irish dancers, African drumming, Polish and gospel choirs, a stunning parade of lights, handmade by schools, foods from around the world, music, storytelling and dance.

Pru Porretta, organiser of the Community of Lights event, said: "Our wonderful embracing inclusive Community of Lights will be a fantastic opportunity for the residents of Foleshill and surrounding areas to come together, celebrate diversity and enjoy a great day out. From noon till dusk there will be non-stop fusion of arts, music, dance, performances, stalls and food. "Special performances will include the Godiva Sisters wearing their traditional costumes, heroes from around the world, Chinese fan danc-ers, Irish dancers, African drumming with Cultural Contractors, Polish choir Senza Nome, World Song and Forte gospel choirs, storytellers and musicians from the Imagination Reading Cafe.

"Our Communities of Light event is about inclusiveness, with all people young and old, families of all cultures and faiths presenting their idea of light.

"Enlightenment for all, lighting up our park, lighting up our lives - so it really will be a family fun-filled day out."

The event will be followed on Sunday, October 15 by the Festival of Lights in Longford Park from noon to 6pm.

Supported by Lions Club of Coventry and Friends of Longford, the action-packed day will feature performances from famous Bhangra record producer and singer song-writer Sukshinder Shinda, who has produced more than 200 albums including all of Jazzy B's releases, and a selection of local singers.

The day will continue with music, dance, Bollywood dancers, folk and bhangra drummers, food, arts, crafts, a funfair, health awareness checks for diabetes, lung function and blood pressure and Alzheimer's and mental health awareness campaigns.

There will also be a raffle draw at 5pm with PS1 tickets to support Godiva Lions, with top prizes including PS1,000 in travel vouchers, a 42-inch television, a Jaguar car experience and his and hers bicycles.

The event will close at 6pm with a spectacular fireworks display.

Indu Aggarwal, Festival of Lights organiser, said: "The Festival of Lights is an amazing celebration of culture and diversity and brings the whole community together through music, performance, dance and arts. We are really excited about this year's event and we encourage the community to get involved and enjoy a fantastic weekend of celebrations."


Friends of Foleshill Alan Griffiths, Mehru Fitter, Pru Porretta, Indu Aggarwal, Surindar Nagra, Lisa Harasym, Andy Duncan

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 5, 2017
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