ETHNIC groups in Kirklees celebrated their different cultures at a community festival event in Huddersfield.
The One World Festival held at St Patrick’s Centre, on Trinity Street, on Saturday, was organised by Cultures United, a group set up four years ago to represent minority ethnic groups in Kirklees.
People from Africa, the middle east, and Europe, joined together in the celebrations as they danced and enjoyed foods from each others different cultures.
Jill Smith, co-manager of Cultures United, said: “It was a brilliant event. We had over 250 people turning up throughout the day all uniting and celebrating the diverse community we live in. It was especially great to see people coming in from the wider Kirklees community who had never visited our centre before.”
Cultures United, which is based in St Patrick’s Centre, was set up as an advice service for newcomers to the Kirklees community, whether they be refugees or asylum seekers.
Their aim is to help them settle in to their new environment by offering advice and help, and also giving them a chance to attend language classes to learn English.
Jill added: “It is really important that people coming into the community as newcomers know they have help and support if they need it.
“It is very daunting for many people having to adapt to a completely different way of life.”