Two hundred Indonesian dancers, musicians and performers will take part in a ‘Love Parade’ through the streets of Manchester on 21st September 2012.
This lively, colourful and musical parade will precede the Festival of Love taking place at Platt Fields Park, Manchester.
The parade will commence at 11am from Castlefield Gardens and end at Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens at which point the Lord Mayor, Councillor Elaine Boyes will officially open the Festival alongside Nigel Simeon McCulloch, Lord Bishop of Manchester.
The Festival gates open at 3:00pm on 21st September, with festivities continuing on to 22nd September from 2:00pm till 8:00pm.
Over 35 churches in Manchester have joined together to organise the ‘Love Parade’ and ‘Festival of Love’ as a way of reaching out to the wider community, breaking down cultural and religious barriers, and sending out a strong message of love.
The Festival of Love will be a fun, family day out for the whole community with Indonesian style music, dancing, performances and cultural displays, food, face painting, bouncy castles and carnival games.
There will also be performances from Manchester based Gospel choirs. As an extra expression of love, attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of a free haircut!
Organisers of the event have invited the large Indonesian party from the Gospel of The Kingdom church, Semarang, Indonesia to illustrate the power of practical love, which they believe has seen their particular church grow to a 14,000 strong membership.
They also aim to celebrate multiculturalism as they share their culture with the city of Manchester and its growing Indonesian community.
The Indonesian team will also visit the Jewish Synagogue in Didsbury as a gesture of love and appreciation of Manchester’s thriving Jewish community.
Pastor Emmanuel Olatoye of the Calvary Church, is heading up the Manchester team of churches. When asked about the upcoming event, he said: “We are so pleased that a large contingent from Indonesia is visiting us in Manchester. Also, it is so good that the Lord Mayor of Manchester, as the 1stCitizen in Manchester has agreed to welcome them. This Festival looks like going to be a great time for all the family.”
The event is completely free to the public and organisers say it will be the first of annual Festivals.
For further information about the Festival of Love, log on to www.festivaloflove.org.