Slough is showcasing its incredible diversity with a four-hour event celebrating the unifying power of music and dance.
Diverse Steps – Dance in Unity is taking place in the town centre on Saturday 20 May to coincide with World Diversity Day. Slough is the most diverse place in the UK outside of London.
More than 150 dancers and singers from across Slough will be taking to a giant stage in the town square across the afternoon showcasing everything from ballet to Bhangra, and dance from India to Africa, Poland to the streets of New York.
The event is being hosted by the council’s member community cohesion group – a cross party group of councillors who give their time to promote and encourage even more cohesion in the borough.
Councillor Madhuri Bedi from the community cohesion group said: “There isn’t a culture in the world that doesn’t love music and dance; it is one of the many things people of different races share, which brings us together.
“This event celebrates that shared love of a good boogie and with so many communities and so much talent in Slough it is going to be an incredible show.”
She added: “We would encourage people to attend and celebrate with us. And if you want to showcase your culture and tradition why not attend in your national outfit and take part in the procession. Dance in unity with us!”
To kick off the event, some of the performers in full costume will be parading down the High Street led by the drummers from the Ministry of Dhol before they take to the stage.
Then from around 2pm it is dance and music galore with groups performing approximately every fifteen minutes including:
- Claycots School Choir with their diversity song
- Fireflies perform Bollywood
- Creative Academy with their mix of ballet, jazz and street dance
- Munde Punjab De and their high-intensity Bhangra
- EBC Warriors and their street dance style
- Aarti Tyagi and their unique blend of Bollywood mix and Hip Hop
- Maly Gaiczek and Gaiczek with high energy and colourful Polish dance
- Nikita Dance Academy with traditional Kathak dance
- World of Life Ministries with dance from Zimbabwe and South Africa
- Western House Academy with toe tapping line dance
- Ronak's Bollywood Dance and Fitness perform in Bollywood Garba style
- Ronak's are back but this time with classic Bollywood
- Dancenbeats children with Bhangra beats
- Rachel Bennett School of Bellydance will be getting bellies wiggling
- Gabriel Ezeoke and dance from Nigeria
The event will be compered by Ray Siddique from Asian Star radio.
For more information please see the Diverse Steps event page