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If you go down to Parkside this month you’re sure of a cultural surprise!

For the venue is hosting a Community Winter Picnic – a cultural exchange through food, dance and story-telling.

The aim is to bring together different communities in one place to enjoy activities from face-painting to craft and entertainment.

Community Cohesion Officer Basia Ligas, said: “We held a couple of similar events across the County which have been successful.

“People of all ages have had so much fun getting to know others from neighbouring communities who they may never get to meet as part of their day to day life.”

As well as trying food from around the world, participants are invited to ‘bring and share’ a picnic for everyone to tuck into.

District Councillor Philip Thomas, whose portfolio covers Cultural Services, said: “Often our days are so busy we tend to socialise in quite small circles.

“This event will open up opportunities to meet the representatives of other communities and to experience other cultures too.”

The free event is being hosted by Bromsgrove District Council and with partners including the County Council’s Library Service, the European Connections Forum and Talk to Me:

Bromsgrove as well as a number of other charities and organisations.

It runs from 11am until 3pm on Saturday February 15 at Parkside’s Main Hall, Market Street with the food sampling taking place between 12 and 2pm.