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Kerala: Photo Tim Miller

Kerala: Photo Tim Miller

Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures 2019

Sunday 8 December will see the 10th annual Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures, this year being held at the Concordia Hall in St Leonards. The event began in 2010, organised by the Hastings and District Interfaith Forum and the Hastings Intercultural Organisation. It was conceived as a companion event for the Garden of Delights, which earlier that year had enjoyed its first success in St Leonards Gardens. John Enefer writes.

The event brings together people from different backgrounds and beliefs to enjoy music, dance and delicious food. This year the Hastings Gospel Soul Choir will sing, having excelled at the Winter Festival in 2016. They are led by Juliet Russell, better known for the much praised world music choir, Vocal Explosion, who will also sing at this year’s event.

Other highlights include melodic singer-songwriter, Tim Hoyte – and Oksana, a singer originally from Latvia who has made her home in the UK.

Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures 2018

Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures 2018 Photo Tim Miller

The event will be kicked off by Kerala, whose dynamic performances over the last few years have been among the best moments of the Winter Festival and the Summer event in St Leonards Gardens. Kerala perform traditional dance from the Indian state of Kerala, a south-western coastal region with a large Christian population.

Other performances will span Scotland to China as, once again, the Winter Festival cooks up an international flavour.

The Winter Festival of Faiths and Cultures will begin at 5.30pm on Sunday 8 December 8 at the Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonards. Everyone is welcome. The event is free.

Posted 07:12 Monday, Dec 2, 2019 In: Festivals

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