Call it a global event; all the continents were represented at the Springburn festival organised by the African Challenge Scotland (ACS). There was significant participation in terms of traditional music performances; the show was led by Scottish, Syrian, Afghan, African and Chinese’s groups.
Suzanne Docherty, one of the happy participants who was representing the Glasgow Library said: “I go to festivals, but I have never seen so many cultures in one place at one time.
“I am astonished; it’s breathtaking and lovely to see. I feel so welcomed in Springburn with all the different cultures, and the music alone is amazing…I am over the moon.”
About 20 organisations took part in the event. According to Pheona Matovu, the strategic director of Radiant and Brighter, “It was a great event, a celebration of diversity and Ronier did well in bringing together diverse communities, not only from Africa but from around the world.”
“The festival is really a family event as people of different ages are represented,” Mrs Matovu mentioned.
There were many exciting activities for children including giant bouncy castles, face painting and art drawing.
It was all about socialising, networking, chatting, dancing and much more fun. There were free barbecue and refreshments for all.
According to the Glasgow Science Centre’s representative at the event, “it’s been a good fun day”. Andy McGeoch came with the ’Body Work on Tour:’ a program about our body; it offers an array of exciting workshops, live science shows and interactive exhibits.”
Mbikudi Limited was represented by its CEO. Hermine Kinkela came to shed light on her natural beauty product and jewellery manufacturing company.
It was all about culture and integration
CAMASS, the Cameroonian Association and Sympathisers in Scotland also presented an exhibition stand at the festival. They used the occasion to express their pride to serve Cameroonian in Scotland.
Another Exhibitor, Melina, representing the Strathcycle University was “delighted to meet a lot of cultures, experiences and dance performances.” Melina also came to showcase a project on resettlement and changing cultural practices in Scotland.
Royal Air Force and Police Scotland were also represented at the Springburn multicultural festival.
From the viewpoint of some festival goers, the event has grown from strength to strength and the weather was ”just perfect: not too hot and no rain.”
Following on the success of the festival, Ronier Deumeni, the founder of ACS expressed his gratitude to all those who supported him in organising the festival.
The ACS, which also helps in building more successful integrated communities, will keep organising the multicultural festival as people highly recommend it. On that point, the ACS’s founder, Ronier Deumeni said: “we are at the second edition of this festival, and we did it again because, after the first edition in 2017, the community highly recommended it. What we saw today is a positive response to the people to this beautiful event.
“We have a place in the community, and we organised this event because we want to make sure that our children are integrated. Also, we want to see in the near future many of our AfroScot children holding some key decision-making positions in Scotland.”
Exit Springburn multicultural festival, the second of its kind in Scotland; “more people are expected at the third edition next year,” said Mr Deumeni.