THE RISE FESTIVAL North Lanarkshire

Cornerstone House Centre
1 Esk Walk, Town Centre, Cumbernauld, G67 1BZ

Free all-day car parking is available on our premises, wheelchair access is also available and toilets are on-site.

Community Celebration Families/Young People Food

Forming part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2024, this fun-filled afternoon in Cumbernauld will celebrate the local area’s diverse and welcoming communities by shining a light on the cultural richness of North Lanarkshire. The day will incorporate a range of activities, music and entertainment, including games, arts and crafts, face painting, a live DJ, friendly chat and other family focussed initiatives.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample traditional and cultural food and drinks from all over the world, all prepared by members of ethnic groups identifying as settled new Scots. Whilst attendance is free of charge, tickets are limited and places must be booked in advance by clicking here.

Janiece Ndoye, founder of North Lanarkshire Ethnic Minorities Association and RISE Festival Coordinator, said:

“In the lead up to World Refugee Day (20 June 2024), NLEMA is excited to host a vibrant and inclusive family friendly community event that promises to celebrate and highlight North Lanarkshire’s rich cultural tapestry like never before. The RISE Festival North Lanarkshire will encourage connections between ‘old’ and ‘new’ Scots, with people of minority ethnic groups, refugees, children, families and native North Lanarkshire residents all welcome to attend free of charge and participate in an action-packed day of fun, leisure, refreshments and integration.

“The celebration will transform Cornerstone House into a lively hub of music, art, activities and cultural exchange for the afternoon. From the moment guests arrive, they will be greeted with a warm welcome and an introduction and fascinating insight into minority ethnic communities operating in the local area, serving as the perfect backdrop for bridging cultural gaps. The significance of this event extends beyond the day itself, symbolising North Lanarkshire’s commitment to inclusivity and multiculturalism. By bringing together local citizens and people from various ethnic backgrounds, the Festival aims to break down barriers and foster a sense of belonging.

“Events like this one play a crucial role in connecting people of different cultures with local citizens. They provide a platform for individuals to share their stories and traditions, enriching the community’s collective knowledge and experience. This exchange is a two-way street; local residents gain a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultures within their midst, while newcomers feel welcomed and integrated into the community.

“Moreover, we believe that spotlighting cultural diversity through The RISE Festival can have lasting positive impacts on social cohesion. When people come together to celebrate their differences, it builds mutual respect, empathy and understanding. In this respect, while The Festival is a day of fun and entertainment; it is also an important investment in the social fabric of North Lanarkshire, promoting unity and harmony across communities.

“Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, the Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural mosaic that defines our communitiesSo, mark your calendars and join us for a day of joy, connection and cultural exchange. Let’s come together to celebrate the diversity that makes North Lanarkshire such a wonderful and dynamic place to live.”

Registered as a charity in May 2024, North Lanarkshire Ethnic Minorities Association is an organisation offering services to all members of the community by aiding in the settlement and integration of ethnic individuals and groups within North Lanarkshire.

It aims to nurture a safe and diverse environment allowing ‘New Scots’ to feel welcome and be a part of an equal and united community. The charity is delivering The RISE Festival North Lanarkshire in partnership with Cornerstone House Centre and Corra Foundation, with the event being supported by Scottish Refugee Council as part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2024.

For further information about the event, see the attached information leaflet or call or WhatsApp North Lanarkshire Ethnic Minorities Association on 07481 891607.