Despite the Covid-19 pandemic Cohesion Plus working in partnership with Kent Equality Cohesion Council, Dartford Borough Council and Gravesham Borough Council arranged a series of activities as part of virtual Saint George’s Day celebrations which took place on April 23rd. The centre piece was a short film with a message about staying safe and supporting the NHS. The film was produced by Cohesion Plus and featured a range of local diverse artists such as Bill Singh and Lucky Moyo as well as community and public sector partners including the leaders of the Gravesham and Dartford Borough Councils and Chief Constable of Kent Police Alan Pughsley QPM.
In addition to the film there were a range of online activities including creative arts activities, sessions on how to make bunting and photo collages, quizzes as well as the sharing of some of the memorable moments from Saint George’s Day festivals over the past decade. A highlight was the virtual flag raising ceremonies.
Gurvinder Sandher, Artistic Director of Cohesion Plus commented, “These are extraordinary times we find ourselves in with the ongoing pandemic. The impact of Covid-19 has been felt far and wide and in so many complex and distressing ways. I am therefore very pleased that working with local partners and Arts Council England we have been able to pull together virtual Saint George’s Day celebrations. Now more than ever we need to celebrate all that binds us together regardless of ethnicity, background or faith”