All Day Workshops
Cultural children craft
York Racial Equality Network
Art and crafts recycled materials
Sunflowers Kids Club
Chinese calligraphy and painting
York Racial Equality Network - Cultural children craft
YREN provides direct support through activities, aiming to reduce isolation and loneliness and bring communities together. Allowing members collectively to speak out about issues and raise concerns so that their voice is heard in the community. As part of the festival we will provide a cultural workshop to raise awareness.
Sunflowers Kids Club - Arts and crafts activities
The Art Teacher from Sunflowers Kids Club will deliver a creative workshop for children attending the festival about ‘vyshyvankas’ - a traditional Ukrainian shirt, embroidered with folk patterns. Children will have an opportunity to design and draw or colour in their own pieces of clothing (skirts, dresses, shirts) with Ukrainian traditional patterns. Sunflowers Kids Club is a centre for children’s creativity and resilience for Ukrainian refugee children.
York Anti racist Collective – Mums of Colour Group - Art Liberation Workshop 12:00-13:00
York Anti Racist Collective is a grassroots group that focuses on healing through connection, via creative practices and community building. We host Art Liberation workshops and coordinate a mums' group, prioritising joy and centering people of colour.
Our family workshop will be exploring identity using paper collage mosaics.
Pilot theatre - Beatboxing workshop 13:00-14:00
Led by an experienced professional, in this workshop you will develop skills and techniques to learn how to beatbox. After practising the fundamental beats, you will soon be working as a group to create an orchestra using your mouths. No prior experience is necessary to join this supportive workshop for everyone.
Our City Sessions
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11:45 - 12:00 York Chinese Association
Reducing, preventing hate crimes and building a safe and tolerating community. Will Zhuang, President of York Chinese Association
12:05 -12:20 St Sampson Social Centre
Addressing loneliness and isolation for the older generations. Dr Rama Isaih, Deputy Manager
12:30 - 12:45 The Retreat - In Conversation
Cat Adlam, Head of Adult Psychological Therapy Services York
12:45 - 13:00 York Interfaith Group
Mutual respect and understanding between faith communities. Avtar Matharu, Chair of York Interfaith Group
14.15 - 14.30 Photovoice Project - Mindful Photography
Womens lived experience talk. Rebecca Rowan, Founder of Mindful Photography UK
14:50 - 15:05 Time to be Out
What are the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in the UK. William Roche, Chair
15:10 - 15:30 North Yorkshire Police and City of York Council. Festival reflections.
Cllr Katie Lomas, Executive Member for Finance, Performance, Human Rights, Equalities and Inclusion at City of York Council
PC Amy Price, Hate Crime and Independent Advisory Group Coordinator
Kate Barrett Sergeant Hate Crime Independent Advisory Groups
Photovoice by Mindful Photography & Our City Hub
A small exhibition showcasing the early work of the Mindful Photography UK CIC project in partnership with In Our Shoes from Our City Hub. Participants are taking part in a Therapeutic Photography programme to help support community connection. The exhibition will display some images from the face to face and online project from the last two months.
Showcasing the exquisite products handcrafted by talented Ukrainian craftswomen.
Welcoming Cultures aim is to bring closer our communities, institutions and businesses through heritage and culture. It's showcasing the city's cultural heritage through public events, and is demonstrating how England can be a country of culture where cities and communities put art at the heart of everything.
Our City Festival will be held at the wonderful York Explore in Library Square.