The children, parents and staff of North Manchester primary school, Oasis Academy Temple, have thrown open the doors to welcome the local community for the opening ceremony of the annual Cheetham Cultural Festival.
The annual Cheetham Festival runs from 27th to 30th September, celebrating one of the most diverse communities in the UK. Over the three days, there will be lots of events in a wide variety of local hubs such as Central Gurdwara, the Manchester Jewish Museum, the New Testament Church of God, the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, the Irish World Heritage Centre and Oasis Academy Temple.
The Academy has the honour of hosting the opening event today. Year 6 pupils will welcome guests and give a short speech about the Festival, before choir, dance and Steel Pans performances from a number of groups including pupils from Abraham Moss Community School and St Chad’s RC Primary School.
There will then be a Ghatka Group Sword Dance, a poetry and interpretative dance performance, and finally a staff and pupil catwalk. Cheetham’s current Mayor will then make a short speech and announce this year’s festival open.
Gareth Redston, Chair of the Cheetham Cultural Festival says, “The theme of our festival this year is ‘All Different, All Equal,” a fitting motto for a festival whose aim is to celebrate the rich and unique cultural diversity of Cheetham and Crumpsall, one of the most diverse communities in the country.”
“This year’s festival is the 15th in our history and the continued success of this annual celebration is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all the people who give up their time to make it happen and all of those who show their support by attending events each year.”
Ian Simpson Interim Principal of Oasis Academy Temple, says, “What an honour it is for Oasis Academy Temple to host the opening ceremony of the Cheetham Cultural Festival.”
“We are very grateful to be part of the diverse and inclusive Cheetham community; Oasis Academy Temple exists to support our pupils to make great progress, and to develop as conscientious and engaged members of our community and wider society – what better event for those purposes than the celebratory Cheetham Cultural Festival.”
“Thank you to all the staff and pupils who have worked so hard to contribute to the opening ceremony today, and thank you too to all from the local community who came to join with us.”