This year marks the 20th anniversary of Hyde Park Unity Action Day - an annual summer event which aims to bring thousands of people in the community together.
Unity Day was borne out of the Hyde Park riots which hit the neighbourhood in 1995, leaving a pub gutted by fire and leading to many national news headlines.
But residents were determined to fight back and celebrate the area’s good qualities and every year since, a team of volunteers has pulled together what has become major event in the LS6 area, attracting thousands to the park to enjoy a day of live music and family fun. The day is free but donations are needed to help raise funds to cover the costs involved in staging the event.
Karen Barr, of the Hyde Park Unity Day Committee, said: “This is an exciting year for Hyde Park Unity Day as it’s our 20th anniversary. Volunteers old and new are working as hard as ever to make this year an amazing, memorable event with our inspiring performers and artists from previous years as well as fresh faces showcasing their talents.”
She added: “Unity Day is always a free event to make it accessible to everyone in the community, so our volunteers work hard to raise funds to cover the cost. It’s definitely been a challenge with the serious cuts made to local councils and the arts recently, which is why are asking everyone to help out through Crowdfunder - every donation really counts, however small.”
The committee is also on the hunt for volunteers to help as stewards on the day. Karen added: “This is a special day, which celebrates and promotes community cohesion and public spirit that can only happen with the support of the whole community.”
To donate and help the committee hit its target of £5,000, visit http://www.unityday.org.uk. The date of this year’s Unity Day will be announced in the local community two weeks before.