The inaugural One World By The Sea Festival, which ran from Thursday 26th October until Sunday 29th October, has been hailed as a huge success by those that took part.
The community festival, organised by members of the International Education Forum of Bournemouth and Poole, attracted thousands of visitors to the various events that it hosted over four days.
Event organiser and Director of Bournemouth University International College enthused, “Wow, what a brilliant few days it’s been. We’re really proud of the diversity of the festival events that we hosted – we have had everything from music, food and dance to film, fashion and education. It’s been great! The feedback that we have received from visitors to events has been fabulous too and the demand is evidently there for another festival like this!”
Rachel continued, “We are particularly delighted at the numbers that we attracted to our free International Family Day on Saturday, which took place in the Triangle area of town in Bournemouth. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, the sun shone and people came out in their thousands to enjoy the packed programme of events. There was so much live music and dance to enjoy and visitors weren’t shy in joining in either! There was a mix of food stalls, including Greek, Italian, North African street food, speciality burgers and tropical juices. We even had Thai-inspired pan-rolled ice-cream!”
Chris Davis from Bournemouth University added, “We’re already looking forward to planning next year’s event, building on what we’ve learnt this year and making the festival even bigger and better. We’ve loved show-casing the amazing international talent that we enjoy in Bournemouth and Poole and we are keen to ensure that we make the One World By The Sea Festival a permanent fixture in Bournemouth’s ever-growing calendar of events and to be a part of the town’s thriving BOMO festival programme.
“We would like to thank all our supporters, but in particular the Town Centre BID, Dorset Race Equality Council and Bournemouth University – without their support none of this would have been possible.”