Sun, Jazz, Calypso, Bhangra, Bollywood, Irish Dance, Eastern European Folk and street art were on the menu at the Fusion Festival which took place across Gravesend Town Centre on Saturday June 17, proving to be popular with shoppers. They were able to witness a range of performances at key locations in the Town Centre including the Market, Clock Tower, High Street, Windmill Street, New Road and King Street. The aim of the festival was to bring together the communities of the borough through music, dance and visual arts and celebrate all that binds us together.

The weekend of the festival also marked the first anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP and this was marked up and down the Country with a series of events under the umbrella of “The Great Get Together”. As part of the Festival a special event took place in the Gravesend Market which was attended by the Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Harold Craske along with members of the local community who brought along different food to share.

The festival was organised by Cohesion Plus working in partnership with Kent Equality Cohesion Council supported by Gravesham Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Gurvinder Sandher the CEO of Kent Equality Cohesion Council commented “I was very pleased with the response that we have had to the Fusion Festival. The last few weeks have been challenging ones for our Country with the recent terror attacks; the whole aim of this event was to bring communities together and to celebrate our shared values and the positive community relations we enjoy in Gravesham. It is important that we stand together as a community, shoulder to shoulder, not allowing others to try and come and divide us. I believe our festival which included the Great Get Together made a positive contribution in this regard.”