One World Week took place this year from 22 October to 29 October; it is a week where people are encouraged to come together to work towards a peaceful and sustainable world. To kick off the week, Morlan joined forces with Mind Aberystwyth for the second time to organise a Multicultural Fair with the aim of celebrating the diversity within our community.
Morlan has marked One World Week in various ways over the years but the Multicultural Fair has been a particularly successful event and is a great way of sharing cultures and traditions and, being able to develop a partnership with the local Mind group is an added bonus.
This year’s fair was held on Saturday, 21 October; for a small admission fee of £3, attendees could choose between a bowl of Welsh or Indian food. As well as introducing people to some aspects of the Welsh culture, there was music, dancing and songs from Brittany, China, India and Korea, and a chance to have a henna hand tattoo, try on saris and have a go at origami and Chinese writing. Whilst, the event’s main purpose was to celebrate One World Week and promote diversity, there was also be a chance to find out more about Mind Aberystwyth and its work.
Dylan Lewis, Vice Chair of Mind Aberystwyth’s Trustees, said: “Mind Aberystwyth provides information, support and various services for people affected by mental distress and their family. Diversity and promoting inclusion is important to our work. We recognise that discrimination and prejudice exist in our society but we hope that holding such events will contribute in some way to eliminating this.”
Many people braved the elements to come to the event and there was a great atmosphere in the hall with everyone enjoying themselves. The event also managed to raise almost £350 for Mind Aberystwyth.