Cohesion Plus and Kent Equality Cohesion Council in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council and the support of Arts Council England have organised a free community celebration to mark the climax of the Paralympic Games and the Great British Summer which has also seen the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and the Olympic Games. This will be taking place on Friday September 7 on the Riverside Leisure Area.
Between 6pm and 7pm there will be performances on the Bandstand by Steel Ambition, Blogo Fogo and DJ Stan Lee King. Then the 9 local schools and some 350 young people who will be making special lanterns for the event which will promote the Paralympic Values of Courage, Determination, Inspiration and Equality will come into the arena school by school where they will receive a medal for their participation. This element of the event will climax with the National Anthem before the Lantern Parade departs led by Samba and Dhol Drummers to the Riverfront where the evening will climax with a spectacular light show on the Sky Dome which was been created by arts Company Samesky.
Gurvinder Sandher the Artistic Director of Cohesion Plus commented “We believe that this will be a fantastic celebration of arts and culture within the community. We have enjoyed an historic summer which has included the Diamond Jubilee, the Summer Olympic Games and now the Paralympics and feel that this free community celebration is an excellent way to climax the celebrations. We hope that as many people as possible will also bring along a Union Flag and wave with pride at the event.”