Diversity and culture celebrated in the park

Big Frank Wayene teaches the Haka at Neighbours Day, People's Park, Halifax
Big Frank Wayene teaches the Haka at Neighbours Day, People's Park, Halifax

Culturally diverse communities were brought together in celebration of living in Calderdale.

Thousands of Calderdale residents attended Halifax People’s Park, Kind Cross, for the annual Neighbours Day Celebration.

In the eight year running, organisers ran this year’s event in partnership with Calderdale Refugee Week.

The free party in the park was officially opened by special guest former Halifax RLFC player Frank Watene who showed the crowd the moves to the New Zealand Haka dance.

Local charities held stalls in an opportunity to showcase the work they do and fundraise.

Audiences were entertained with a diverse range of world music performances including Sanskriti Halifax performed Bollywood song and dance, Sambalifax, Halifax Irish Dancers, the Magpie Movers, a Slovakian Choir performance, local dance group Bazzmatazz and more.

An assault course, face painting and more kept the children entertained.

For the parents and adults there was an alternative therapy tent for those wishing for some time out and relaxation.

Event organiser Steve Blackman said around 3,000 people attended the event in its first year at Halifax People’s Park - in previous years the event has been held annually at Halifax’s Piece Hall.

Mr Blackman said: “It was another great year and the new venue was a perfect location in attracting many local residents as possible. It’s was great to see the People’s Park so full of life.

“The day showcases local talents and provides an opportunity for local organisations to promote themselves. Ultimately, it’s about bringing local people, from all different ethnic backgrounds, together in celebration of being neighbours.”