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.
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.
We are inviting all our worshipping communities to be involved with this wonderful opportunity to build new relationships and strengthen current networks by organising events, big or small, which bring people together.
Events on offer can be something already planned in your 2018 calendar that fits the FestivALL ethos, using the branding and publicity to give it some extra energy. It can be a small event, like a community picnic, or a coffee morning, taking minimal resources. Or something as big as a community fete, where several organisations come together to contribute time and finances to reach as many people as possible.
The only thing we ask is that at every event, everybody is made to feel welcome.
So far up to 40 community and statutory organisations have taken an interest in being involved and many already are already planning events. Networking events have been taking place to help people share ideas and plan events. The next dates organised are
Friday 9th February 1-3pm @ Barnwood Trust, Ullenwood Manor Farm, Cheltenham GL53 9QT
Saturday 24th February 11am @ @ St Mary de Lode Church, Gloucester City Center, organised by Simon Culley of Inclusion Church
You are more than welcome to attend one or all of these events.
Two FestivALL events that are already in the calendar and are open to all are –
FestivALL launch at Gloucester Cathedral
Thursday 17 May 2018 at 4pm-7.30pm in Gloucester Cathedral
The launch of FestivALL is a public event, is free and is open to everyone. The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek will officially open the FestivALL and then in the grounds of the Cathedral there will be street food, bands, dancing and much more. Come and join the fun!
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.
In addition if you would be interested to run a workshop at the Friday event on the above theme, then please do contact Cate on firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you.
Find out more by –
You can find all of this information and more at www.festivall.org
Thinking about who else?
The more churches and organisations involved, in and around the county and beyond, the better. Please share details of FestivALL widely, with both churches and community organisations, and warmly welcome groups to join in, in whichever ways feel appropriate to them. If you have any questions or suggestions please do say.