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Eastern European Festival

Crowds enjoyed a live performance of contemporary Ukrainian and Polish music from Midlands based Ukrainian band, MUHA (“… combining the melodic beauty of Eastern European folklore, North Indian Kathak rhythms, Cuban beats and original lyrics, they mesmerise with a musical feast rooted in the Slavonic tradition cultured from the world.”) in January 2024. The free event was co-designed with Welcome Refugees (Redditch and Bromsgrove) and Centrala, who use arts and culture to achieve inclusion and wellbeing for Central and Eastern European migrants. Attendees were also be treated to dance, food and craft workshops. This was the first in a series of events and activities celebrating the culture and creative talents of Eastern European migrants in the borough.

Reimagine Redditch and Centrala’s workshops celebrate the culture and creativity of Eastern Europe

​Working closely with our partners at Centrala (who use arts and culture to achieve inclusion and wellbeing for Central and Eastern European migrants), Rubicon Leisure, with people from the Eastern European community across Redditch, and with other groups including Welcome Refugees (Redditch and Bromsgrove), we have been thrilled to see the joy and energy experienced by all ages at our series of free Winter and Spring events to celebrate Eastern European culture and creativity.

A photo of children doing Arts and crafts at the Eastern European festival
People dancing at the Eastern European Cultural Celebration hosted by Reimagine Redditch and Centrala

The Eastern European Festival started with a free launch celebration at Oakenshaw Community Centre in January. People enjoyed a live performance of contemporary Ukrainian and Polish music from Midlands-based Ukrainian band, MUHA. Attendees were also be treated to dance, food and craft workshops.

This was followed by a creative workshop in February, which included jewellery making and masks and learning traditional dances. Next followed a workshop with Centrala for International Women’s Day. Then another for St Sylvester’s Day.

When Easter arrived, the festival had built up a wonderful buzz and the weather held out for an exciting Easter Egg Hunt, with traditional crafting, dancing and singing to finish.

A traditional Marzanna gathering, to celebrate the end of Winter and arrival of Spring, brought the seasonal festivities to a close with traditional drama, dance and crafts to create Marzanna dolls.

More events and activities are planned for later in the year.  

People playing music at the Eastern European Cultural Celebration hosted by Reimagine Redditch and Centrala
A mother and daughter doing arts and crafts at the Eastern European Cultural Celebration hosted by Reimagine Redditch and Centrala