We held our very first Mid Sussex Cultural Celebration Event yesterday at the Cherry Tree Centre in Burgess Hill.  

We had a really great day promoting our Mid Sussex Community Champions project whilst inviting families to take part in all the fun, from activities and music to dancing and delicious food, all celebrating cultural diversity in Mid Sussex. 

In the main room, children took part in making their own Spanish fans, as well as other arts & crafts and giant games for everyone to play. We were very grateful to have talented members of the community join us and offer impressive henna designs to all the attendees which was a crowd favourite. 

An amazing dance performance took place at the event which members of the public joined in with too! Thank you to Josefa and her team for making the event special with a great Spanish dance.  

As well as all of the entertainment, Bangladeshi food was cooked by members of the community and served in a buffet style for everyone to enjoy.  

We were pleased to have Mid Sussex Wellbeing come along and offer wellbeing MOT’s at the event, these are an effective way to improve your mental and physical health. Julia, Wellbeing Adviser at Mid Sussex Wellbeing, said: “I really enjoyed the cultural celebration event at the Cherry Tree Centre. It was brilliant finding out about diverse cultures in Mid Sussex, watching dancing and henna painting, eating delicious Bengali food and delivering Wellbeing MOTs. I look forward to more similar events.”  

The aim of the event was to not only celebrate cultural diversity but also raise awareness for the support we provide in the Mid Sussex community, such as the our Community Champions project.  

This network is community-led. Champions from diverse backgrounds tell us what they want to know about key topics and local services and share this with their community, making sure voices are heard.

Parmila Mannan, the lead on the project, said: “It was a great day seeing the community come together and celebrate cultural diversity in Mid Sussex through a wide range of activities. I enjoyed every part of it, from listening to music from various cultures, watching performances, to taking part in the activities and eating the food, as well sharing some valuable information with the community.” 

“Being a Mid Sussex resident, I look forward to being involved in similar events like this in the future and continue to bring the community together, whilst learning about the diverse cultures.” 

Thank you to all of the community members who worked hard to support us with this event, as well as all the attendees who made it even better! Also, a big thank you goes to Mid Sussex Wellbeing and Mid Sussex Voluntary Action for all their support.