FestivALL – Brilliant all age events

FestivALL is a month of events bringing people closer together – celebrating the communities in which we live and work. There will be parties, picnics and coffee mornings, arts, sports and music events, as well as other shared activities you can join in, all taking place across Gloucestershire and beyond from May 17th – June 17th.

FestivALL aims to break down barriers in our communities across ethnicity, faith, ability, sexual orientation, class, age and gender and create opportunities for us all to discover more about the people, places and organisations in our area.

FestivALL is all about coming together, talking, sharing and celebrating – but most of all, having fun. You can find lots of information and events at www.festivall.org

We are encouraging all worshipping communities and community and statutory organisations across Gloucestershire and beyond to get involved by organising an event big or small, which brings people together. You may already have an event planned in your diary which fits with the FestivALL theme, which you could brand with the FEstivALL logo.

There are already lots of events planned, which are open to all. These include –

  • Nature quest on 30 May an event run by the Wildlife Trust
  • A Well-being Gloucestershire event to tackle the stigma of mental health in Gloucestershire, on 9 June at Encounter Church, Winchcombe.
  • Festival of Stars – a summer celebration of drummers, artists, musicians, comedians  in Cheltenham on 16 June

Plus more. You can find details on www.festivall.org

To launch FestivALL we are holding two special events at Gloucester Cathedral.

FestivALL launch

Thursday 17 May 2018 at 4pm-7.30pm in Gloucester Cathedral

The launch of FestivALL is an all age public event, is free and is open to everyone. The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek will officially open FestivALL and then in the grounds of the Cathedral there will be live music, dancing, face-painting and activities for children, which include sports, circus skills, arts and crafts and much more.

People are also invited to join in with a community picnic. Bring along some picnic food (sandwiches, crisps, fruit, cakes, you get the idea!) which you can enjoy and share with others in a special food tent in the Cathedral grounds. Come and join the fun!

For more information contact Lucy Taylor on ltaylor@glosdioc.org.uk

Sharing and learning day

Friday 18 May 2018, 10am-4.30pm in Gloucester Cathedral

A day to learn more about local community and statutory organisations that promote inclusive community. A great networking opportunity at which key speakers will give inspiring talks about the importance of community and will explore the theme of inclusion, what it means and how can we all get better at it. Workshops will be run providing information, knowledge and support on how people and organisations can be as inclusive as possible. To sign up for the day and the workshops on offer please visit http://bit.ly/sharingandlearning  

Key speaker 
Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO
Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire

Workshops during the day

  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust – Nature for all
  • Active Impact – Sharing your inclusive ethos
  • Star College – Understanding Inclusion
  • Cinderford artspace – Circus Skills
  • St John’s school, Cheltenham – Anti-bullying workshop, run by the pupils
  • Redcliffe College and friendship café – Friendships across cultures
  • Spirit of Peace, Girish Patel and Revd Simon Howell  – Creativity and difference
  • Freedom Leisure and Star College – Inclusive Multisports
  • Barnwood Trust with Cheltenham victim support – Upstanders not bystanders
  • Gloucester Cathedral – Sensory tour of the Cathedral
  • Carers Gloucestershire – Community Heroes – supporting unpaid carers
  • Christian Aid – worship service for Christian Aid week

To sign up for the day and the workshops on offer please visit http://bit.ly/sharingandlearning  

For more information visit www.festivall.org  or contact Lucy Taylor on ltaylor@glosdioc.org.uk

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