Festival brings world to Square

The recent Blackpool Chilli Festival took place in St John's Square.
The recent Blackpool Chilli Festival took place in St John's Square.
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Cultures from across the globe will be celebrated in Blackpool tomorrow.

St John’s Square in the town is set to host a new diversity event designed to showcase different groups ranging from the African Caribbean Friends and Relations Association (AFRA) to the Fylde Coast Hindu Society.

The Blackpool International Festival will take place between 11am and 5pm featuring groups and performers from throughout the community representing a wide range of different ages, interests and faiths.

Entry is free and food and refreshments will be available along with other stalls selling clothing, music, jewellery, toiletries and crafts.

Other groups taking part include Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines), Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Filipino Bayanihan Community, Gambia Schools Project, Nritya Sangam (India), Polish School in Blackpool, Rising Star Trust (Nigeria) and Sum Yin (China).

Businesses around St John’s Square welcomed the initiative.

Warwick Tunnicliffe, of the St John’s Square Traders Association, said: “Any events taking place in the square are a positive for the town and traders in general.”

In April this year, the square successfully hosted a Chilli Festival.

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