Celebrate!!! returns to the Gordon Craig Theatre

08 Oct 2018

Celebrate!!!, a showcase of multi-cultural performances, returns to The Gordon Craig Theatre on Saturday 27 October.

This year performers have been invited from across Stevenage’s multicultural community to perform on stage in a showcase of exciting diverse music and dance highlighting the many cultural influences on British culture. 

Since it began in 2002, more than 1,100 performers have participated in Celebrate!!! and this year the plans are to make it even bigger and better as it coincides with the 70th anniversary celebrations of Windrush docking in Tilbury Docks, Essex in 1948. Windrush and many other boats like it brought families to Britain and helped to make it the inclusive and amazingly diverse place it is today.

Cllr Michelle Gardner added, “It’s really exciting to be able to bring Celebrate!!! to the stage for its 16th year during Black History month and in this year of Windrush. It really is a show that highlights the wonderful diversity of cultures we have here in Stevenage and is a celebration of our local talent”.

Amongst this year’s performers audiences can look forward to African drummers, Punjabi Gidda Dancers, legends of black music by Jim McNeil, Ellie Bullen Ryner (a guitarist from the very first Celebrate!!! In 2002), Violinist Daniel Garvin, Sophia Khoury, the Peartree School Choir, Irish Dancers and more.

Kate Belinis, Chair of Stevenage World Forum said: “On behalf of the Board of Stevenage World Forum for Ethnic Communities, we are delighted that the Celebrate Team has once again worked very hard to put on this annual show to showcase our local talented communities and to bring awareness of the rich and vibrant cultures we have across Stevenage.  We thank our dear Sherma Batson, who created and steered this calendar event and we hope that people will come and enjoy the fantastic show planned.”

We are also looking for people to nominate their choice for the Campbell Younge Award. This award is presented at Celebrate!!! each year and is awarded to a person who deserves recognition for their outstanding achievements or service to their community.  The award is named after two local pioneers who worked tirelessly on behalf of all communities in Stevenage.  They were Albert Campbell, our first Black Mayor of Stevenage and Reba Younge, a Caribbean mother and nurse who set up a support group for Asian women whilst fostering children and raising her own three sons alone.

The nominations for the Campbell Younge Award need to be received by Friday 12 October 2018 at the latest. Please submit your nomination via email to celebratestevenage@live.co.uk.

Tickets for Celebrate!!! are available for a cost of just £8.50 and they can be purchased online at www.gordon-craig.co.uk or by calling the Gordon Craig Theatre box office on 01438 363200.
If you would like to take part in Celebrate!!! then visit www.worldforum.org.uk/celebrate.