HUNDREDS of people went along to the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove at the weekend to celebrate the town’s first Three Faiths Festival.
The event, organised by the Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust, was held on Saturday (November 1) and followed on from the success of the Eid celebrations held in Bromsgrove in previous years.
The Three Faiths Festival was attended by Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives, along with people of those faiths, of other faiths and those who opt to have no faith.
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, was also at the event, which featured a variety of activities.
They included information stalls about each of the three religions, crafts, a children’s entertainer and balloon modeller, live music performances and Indian food.
Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman of Bromsgrove Muslim Community Trust, said the event was a huge success and added it was great to see the town’s MP and his children attend.
“I am particularly delighted that we are leading the way in the UK as this was the first Three Faiths Festival of its kind bringing Jews, Christians and Muslims as well as those of other faiths and none together to break down barriers to help build friendship, respect and understanding.
“It is a source of pride for all living in Bromsgrove district to see major cities and towns look to us for inspiration and guidance in bringing the three faiths together to help tackle mistrust, anti-semetism, anti-Muslim hatred and persecutions of Christians in other countries.
He added religion played an important part in British life and he hoped other UK cities and towns would hold similar events to help create a more harmonious society for all.
Zaina, three, Zara, six, and Adam Kahn, five, with their cakes. Picture by Alex Bradbury. 4514010ABR5
Kieran Vas, nine, wowed the audience by playing guitar on stage. 4514010ABR6
A children’s entertainer performed a series of magic tricks. 4514010ABR2
Chloe Harris, seven, is served up some delicous food by Tikka Singh. 4514010ABR4