This year our now Cumbria wide Unity Festival comes back with events in person!
Cumbria Unity Festival celebrates the strengths and diversity of the people of Cumbria by building community cohesion, advancing equality & social integration.
We’re proud of our Unity Festival journey: how it has grown from a local event in Carlisle in 2016, then in Kendal, then online in 2020 and 2021 in three locations including Barrow-in-Furness.
We’re thrilled that for 2022 we can include a fourth location, offering the West Cumbria Unity Festival in Whitehaven.
In every place we’re building on what proactive people are doing locally in the community.
The theme this year will be Healing Together.
As a consequence of the events occurring in the past few years, people are more polarised and divided than ever.
The radicalisation of extreme opinions and positions can only be counteracted by an active and passionate promotion of unity. Bringing people together, fostering acts of solidarity, mutual support and community cohesion can remind us of our true nature, that of a social species whose survival depends on the unity of the group.
Fear, confusion, and the feeling of having no control over our lives, have pulled us apart and made many of us feel isolated; we need to start coming towards each other instead of running in opposite directions. Actively fostering unity is what we need to start healing our communities.