HUDC’s International Festival on Saturday 4th June 2016, 4pm to 9pm at Member’s Lounge, Committee Rooms and the Council Chambers of Harrow Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY.
Harrow United Deaf Club will be hosting our International Festival bringing diverse communities together to celebrate their cultures and to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. HUDC is delighted that the event will be opened by The Mayor of Harrow and have an exciting programme on the day including a fantastic range of information and cultural stalls, guest speakers on international themes, variety of performances and mouth-watering international cuisines and many more.
HUDC is pleased to be working in partnership with Harrow Council, Harrow College, Karan of KSPARK entertainment. Harrow College will be providing a range of hair and beauty session including make-up, nail-painting for people who wish to be pampered. Karan, an international star will be running a Bollywood Masterclass, a Bollywood dance workshop for guests to have fun. Those workshops will be available throughout the afternoon. Hasnian Somji of Caketastic (taste it and you’ll love it) will make a special cake to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday cake.
We have fantastic evening cultural performances lined up including Bollywood Dance from KSPARK entertainment; Bengali dancer; Flamenco Dancers; youth dance performance from HACAS – Harrow African & Caribbean Association; dance performance from Harrow Tamil School Association. Not only it stops there, we will also have a fantastic range of speakers on diversity of our communities – bringing people together e.g: Speakers on Teamwork Jesus used a great metaphor of ‘working together’; Black History; celebrating Chinese New Year; sharing the Pride (LGBT); sharing Asian woman experience; a Muslim embracing Islam and a traveller meeting communities around the world. An event not to be missed.
We will be marking the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday with a special presentation. Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow United Deaf Club wish to express congratulation from everyone at Harrow United Deaf Club: “We wish to congratulate the Queen on her 90th birthday. She is a great inspiration to us all in UK and worldwide with so much achievements in her reign".
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to local communities together to celebrate our International festival, sharing information and experiences about our different cultures and way of life.
Sylvia Simmonds, one of the guest speakers for the event exclaimed: “Awesome event – It is rare and unique opportunity to gather with both Deaf and Hearing to celebrate this event. Come and join with us to celebrate our identities in many ways – most of all – enjoy and treasure our values."
The entrance to the event is FREE for all, please join us to celebrate by wearing cultural dress/ international costumes of your choice. There will be lots of cultural foods, clothing, beauty & jewellery and many more, available on sale – please make sure you bring money with you.
Exhibitions/ Stalls on First Floor and Middlesex Floor:on 1st Floor: 4pm Event start, open to public
- Mouth-watering international cuisines held at the Member Lounge Room at 4 – 8.30pm
- Karan’s Bollywood Masterclass workshop at Committee Room 5 at 4.30pm –5.00pm Website: http://www.kspark.co.uk/
- Guest speakers /Cultural performers at the Council Chambers at 5.30pm ready for 5.45pm sharp Middlesex Floor: (the floor between ground floor and 1st floor)
- Cultural stalls held at the Committee Room 1 and 2 from 4pm – 8.30pm
- Harrow College Hair and Beauty at the Committee Room 3 from 4pm Website: http://www.harrow.ac.uk/facilities-and-services/17182-image-salon.html
Outside of Civic Centre (Car Park)
- Harrow Police will be showcasing their police car at the front of Harrow Council’s Civic Centre Car Park area from 4pm onward. This is a fantastic opportunity for children, adults and their families to sit in the car and to learn more about Harrow Police services.
Outside of Civic Centre (Car Park)
- Ice Cream Van will be at the front of Harrow Council’s Civic Centre Car Park area from 4pm onward, with ice cream/ ice lollies available on sale.
International Festival's Programme
Speakers/ Performances at the Council Chambers:
5.45pm Opening Ceremony by The Worship of Mayor of London Borough of Harrow, Councillor Rekha Shah.
5.50pm Welcome & Special Presentation to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday by Asif Iqbal MBE, President of Harrow United Deaf Club together with John Purnell QM QPM Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow, Margaret Purnell, Patrons of Harrow United Deaf Club and Mei Sim OBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Brent.
6pm Special Bollywood Performance by KSPARK entertainments
6.10pm Support message: Councillor Sachin Shah, Leader of the Council, Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Leadership Portfolio Holder
6.13pm Support message: Councillor Manji Kara of the Conservative Group and HUDC Ambassador.
6.14pm Support message: Dr Terry Riley OBE, Chair of British Deaf Association
6.15pm Guest Speaker: Penny Beschizza – Teamwork Jesus used a great metaphor of ‘working together’
6.25pm Dance Performance by Bengali dancer Nadia Choudhury
6.40pm Guest Speaker: Dr Jun Hui Jang – sharing Chinese’ Culture and the importance of celebrating the Chinese’s New Year
6.50pm Guest Speaker: Kevin Buckle- Celebrating Black History: How an Asian curry was brought to Britain and the Caribbean.
7.00pm Guest Speaker: Sarla Meisura – sharing her experience as Indian woman, rising to the challenge as positive role model
7.10pm Dance Performance by Harrow Tamil School Association
7.20pm – Break
7.40pm Children’s dance Performance by HACAS – Harrow African & Caribbean Association
7.50pm Guest Speaker: Dexy Wallace sharing his journey, embracing Islam.
8pm Guest Speaker: Sylvie Simmons – explaining the importance of celebrating Pride and promoting awareness of LGBT (Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual)
8.10pm Flamenco dancer performance by Natalia Vilches and her daughter Lidia Vilches
8.20pm Guest Speaker: Reita Realie Bansal – a traveller sharing her personal journey across the world, embracing all communities and cultures
8.30pm Margaret Tyler, avid Royal Fan to share her experiences of her Royal Collection
8.40pm David Mackinnon playing a Irish/Scottish pipe band & drums
8.50pm Closing Ceremony by Councillor Sue Anderson, Community, Culture & Resident Engagement Portfolio Holder, followed by Raffles
Raffles with grand prizes
9.30pm – End