‘ONE Love One Leeds’ is the message at a bank holiday community party being held in south Leeds on Monday.
Part of the City of Sanctuary project, the day - expected to attract hundreds - will feature a events celebrating and welcoming Leeds’ refugee community.
The Mariners Resource Centre in Hunslet Hall Road will be the venue for the all-day party from 1pm to 8pm, billed as a “hotpot of different cultures drawn from all over Leeds”.
On the menu are a drumming circle, circus skills, an outdoor ‘labyrinth’, a film and songs about the City of Sanctuary concept, performances from local musicians and a global cafe selling delicious food from all over the world.
There will also be a programme of workshops and ‘conversation corners’ for those who want to know more about the campaign.
The idea for the day came about after a successful and packed City of Sanctuary launch event last November, when 600 people gathered to share stories about how Leeds had welcomed people fleeing from hardship and persecution and, in many cases, saved their lives.
Ed Carlisle, one of the organisers, from Leeds-based charity Together4Peace, said: “The day should be a hotpot of different cultures drawn from all over Leeds. If you are interested in learning more about the city and getting in touch with people who live in it One Love promises to be a great opportunity to mingle.
One Love One Leeds has been organised by a collaboration of charities and individuals from across the city..
It is hoped it will lead to future community-based offshoot projects like English language clubs, community regeneration schemes and support networks.
Admission to the day is free and people from the refugee/asylum communities are especially encouraged to come along
City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Its goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are welcoming and proud to be places of safety.
Leeds is among 18 cities that have signed up.