North Devon’s annual celebration of diversity returned for its fifth edition on Saturday 25th July 2015, which saw over 2,500 people head to Castle Green in Barnstaple, North Devon. The perks of seven different stages provided plenty of entertainment and activities including live music, dance, an international fashion show, food stands and much more.
Live music was played by the Piper Calls with Sean Nicholson, Julian Langer, the Wanderers, Sab-Beatz, Dambuskers, Lion Star, Syd and Isaac, Delta Misfits, Mya Stevens and Rosa Rebecka who all created and maintained superb community atmosphere throughout the day. Dance acts including the Masters of Mischief, Boiko Andonov, Tiverton Town Majorettes, Mekar Malati Putih and Nikki’s Irish Dance also wowed the crowd, while story-tellers Alan Gibbons, Jill Lameda and David Heathfield entertained people from start to finish.
Also in attendance were a range of diverse food traders and community organisations running stands throughout the day. The Diversity Festival continued its legacy of featuring an international fashion show, enabling not only the showcase of a range of worldwide outfits but the opportunity for individuals to participate in one of the main segments of the festival.
North Devon Sunrise Director, Muktar Ahmed, said during the day:
Given that we couldn’t do it last year, due to all kinds of difficulties, this is quite a comeback. We have always had a vision of how we would like to see the Diversity Festival in the long-term future, but to rapidly progress towards that vision in just a year is a great achievement. For me, the level of development this year makes up for our miss in 2014.
Unsurprisingly, it was the South West’s most recognised Bhangra band RSVP who returned to end the Diversity Festival in style with the crowd joining in with vibrant dance moves, as witnessed in RSVP’s phenomenal performance at the 2013 festival.
North Devon Sunrise is grateful to all those who have supported and helped execute this fifth edition including the funders – Big Lottery Fund, Devon County Council and Westward Housing – and other supporting organisations including PRS for Music, as well as staff, volunteers and directors who have conducted months of careful organising to deliver the best Diversity Festival yet.