International Mother Language Day
Basingstoke Multicultural Forum organised an event to celebrate the International Mother Language Week in partnership with BDBC, BCOT, Children Centres and EMTAS on Tuesday, 21st February 2012 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. The event took place at BCOT. For more information please click here.
On March 2012, Basingstoke MultiCultural Forum and Fort Hill Community School organised PSHE Day at Fort Hill school , the theme of the day was religious Education and Multi Culturalisim . Local faith leaders had displays and answered pupils questions.
Multicultural or Multiple Cultures - 12th May 2012
The event is about/aim People, groups and forums in Basingstoke were invited to share thoughts and engage in a discussion about the Basingstoke's community from the aspects of diversity and social cohesion. The discussion was based on a film screening that contained interviews of about 30 local participants. About 40 people attended the meeting.
The film was a part of a project named "A Portrait of Basingstoke" made by visual artist Ayat Alhaji. Please click here to see the video.
Feedback - The attendants were from various backgrounds including members from the Basingstoke & Dean County Council. At the discussion, few people talked about their experiences of being in a multicultural family and friends that has enriched their life with various practices and qualities. Participants seemed pleased to live within a "multicultural" society. Few stated that we have some isolated communities, and that there should be more work to encourage interaction. Some others stated that Basingstoke is doing well, and far better than other cities.
Basingstoke Deputy Mayor and his wife (who looked form the far East) were present; he complemented the work that forums accomplish to create some big diverse events, like "The world Party in the Park" which took place last summer when thousands of people attended.
A thought were brought up that forums could do some sort of "thematic" events, so attendants can share a story or tradition, which sounded like a productive idea to some.
Another person mentioned that there are enclosed communities who do not like to interact with others at all. A shared view was about involving school kids in more activities that forums organise.
The discussion was overwhelming, everyone had plenty of viewpoints to share, that extended over the designated time for the event/meeting.
A questionnaire was handed out to participants, and several people filled these with some positive and constructive comments that echoed the mentioned discussion.
For more information please click here.
As part of the Interfaith Week Basingstoke MultiCultural Forum with Basingstoke Faiths Leaders and Youth of Peace organised 4th Annual Interfaith Walk Saturday 17th November 2012 at 2-4.30pm at Carnival Hall Council Road, Basingstoke visiting A Mandir, All Saints' church, Albirr Mosque and Gurdwara and learn about some of the many faiths of Basingstoke Everyone is welcome!
This forum meeting briught together different faith communities to walk in friendship and nurture further understanding with visits to local faith establishments. This is an event part of National Interfaith Week. There will be refreshments and an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Through this event we achieved:
- Highlight the good work done by local faith, interfaith and faith-based groups and organisations
- Draw new people into interfaith learning and cooperation
- Enable greater interaction between people of different backgrounds
- Help develop integrated and neighbourly communities
- Celebrate diversity and commonality
- Open new possibilities for partnership
- Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open interfaith activity up to a wider audience so that more and more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in it.
Other events/activities of 2012:-
- The move to Chute House to be at the heart of the town center
- LGC move to Chute House
- ESOL at CHUTE House
- The Ambassadors Project
- The Hungarian school moved to Chute House
- World Party in the PARK 2013 - CORE GROUP
- The University of Winchester YOP research
- Sentinel Support to Chute House
- Mosaic Festival Diversity: 23rd June 2012
- Forum Meeting: International Mother Language Day - 21st February 2013. For more details please click here.