WILLIAMSON Square was the
place to be on Sunday, 6 July 2014, as the One World Festival
returned to Liverpool City Centre.
The 5 continents were represented as spectators were treated to a
cultural extravaganza of performance and workshops.
The free event which is now into its 5th year offered something
for all ages and showcased the unique sights, sounds and tastes from
around the world.
The girls of Samba Livre gave proceedings a definite carnival feel
as they danced energetically in the afternoon sun to a large and
enthusiastic crowd, whilst Movema repeated their exciting Chinese
New Year Flashmob routine with streamers and spring heeled
acrobatics. With the World Cup Final now looming, Silky Skills
demonstrated his amazing football juggling tricks and China Pearl
treated spectators to an elegant traditional dance piece. The
performances were diverse and colourful. There was even a female
drumming band and many other fine musicians and vocalists.
Various stalls offered drinks, food, crafts and face painting. The
Bandstand was turned into a mask making workshop and elsewhere
youngsters had fun learning how to hula hoop.
If that wasn't enough there were
impromptu performances popping up everywhere with towering flowers,
dancing butterflies, a couple of truly wacky ballroom dancers and
even a mechanical giraffe with its own group of handlers.
The first One World Festival was held in 2010, as part of an
initiative in Kensington, Liverpool to highlight the multipliCity of
cultures in that area of the City. Since then the event has grown
each year. In 2013 it teamed up with the Bold Street Traders to
stage the festival on Bold Street, attracting an audience of over
Garth Dallas, Festival Director said:- "I am truly honoured
that we had the opportunity to organise such an historic event and
make Liverpool proud by the sheer brilliance of our cultural
programme. All 5 world continents were represented, showcasing
multiculturalism in full united colours. It was really an amazing
day and we look forward to continuing the development of the One
Sean Durney of Culture Liverpool said:- "The atmosphere was
great, loads of people getting involved, a great stage programme,
all professionally and perfectly executed. We wish to thank the
organisers for all their hard work, delivering another great day for
The One World Festival will be back next year.
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