The Dover Together: Multicultural festival aims to bring the diverse communities of Dover together to celebrate and explore diversity. Showcasing the rich variety of cultures which make up Dover, the festival gives people the chance to hear new music, try new foods, dance and art, and to learn about other cultures as well as to celebrate traditional British culture, and to see the positive impact that diversity can have on the town.
In 2018, Samphire brought together over 700 residents of Dover, to celebrate and join together in its second multicultural festival. The day included cultural performances from local school children, music from local migrant groups, workshops such as African drumming, Chinese dancing and circus skills, belly dancing and African drumming – all from Dover and its environs. Visitors could sample, and buy refreshments from a range of international food stalls, and find out about what local charities and organisations are doing in the area by visiting their stalls.
The event received fantastic feedback from visitors and participants. The aim to revive community spirit in the town of Dover was achieved. The event was attended by members of the Roma community, Nepalese community, African community, not only to see performances of their cultural heritage, but also interacting with neighbours from different cultural backgrounds.
In June 2019, Samphire hosted its third Dover Together Multi-Cultural Festival. It included a big Fashion Show, live music, dances, theatre, children workshops, a talk tent with a variety of topics and, like always, a broad selection of multi-cultural food and drinks. To see some photos of the event click here.
As the festival gains momentum each year, we hope it will become embedded as one of Dover’s annual events.