Wednesday, 16 July 2014


The first ever Thanet Freedom Festival is going to be held on Saturday 19 July at the historic Cliftonville Lido in Margate

In the spirit of the previous years festivals, Love Music, Hate Racism, the aim of the festival, is to bridge cultural differences and build a more cohesive community in Thanet.

This will be a free day festival with a live music open air stage near the seafront and a DJ stage in the bar together with stalls from the area’s diverse ethnic communities and people involved in community-building in the area.

There will be food, dance, a retro market and a glittering array of local performers. The festival will, the organisers hope, send a powerful anti-racist message to the world.

“The festival will be an implicitly anti-racism festival in an area where we have witnessed increased racism and where racists are gaining ground,” says Cris Johnson, one of the organisers.

“We want to strengthen links and build a more cohesive community. We seek to bridge cultural differences and show that we can all co-exist peacefully and constructively together.

“By putting on a cultural exchange which showcases the talents of members of our community, we can then better illustrate the divisive nature of the mainstream political debate and the right wing policies that portray our immigrant communities in a negative light.

“By working with trade unions in the creation of this event we will strengthen the sense of working class solidarity.”

Added Cris: “We decided to turn a good cause into a family-fun day to promote and support multiculturalism and anti-racism.”

More details of the bands and performers taking part will be released nearer the time. More info: Cris Johnson  07741493687

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