This past year has proved to be difficult for ethnically diverse communities due to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 and the systemic inequalities highlighted by the murder of George Floyd.

As a result of the lockdown, we have seen an increase in isolation which has negatively impacted the well-being of many.

For this reason, the need to bring people together and provide spaces for individuals to connect and feel celebrated has become increasingly important.

Diversity Resource International is organising an event in Eastbourne to celebrate diversity and facilitate community cohesion in East Sussex.

It will be accessible to people from all backgrounds.

Family friendly

Food is a great way to bring people together and learn about different cultures, therefore organisers will be providing catering from a range of international backgrounds.

To ensure inclusivity and accessibility, there will be a variety of family friendly activities, including henna tattoos, football (in collaboration with Nations United FC, one of the UK’s first all-refugee team), face painting and storytelling.

Adaeze Obasuyi, a published author, will read some of her children’s books and international DJ T.A.S.K will be bringing us together through music.

By bringing people together to recognise and celebrate our differences, organisers hope to unite people from all walks of life and work towards creating a more inclusive county. If you would like to come along, you can contact community@driorg.com or you can get tickets directly from Eventbrite at www.tinyurl.com/sussexdiversity.

The event will be held on the 28th of August at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre in Eastbourne, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (BST).

Volunteers are needed for the day.

Diversity Resource International (DRI) is a non-profit-making Social Enterprise Company that was incorporated in December 2004.