Brazilian carnival to come to Thetford

The sights and sounds of a Brazilian carnival will be coming to a Norfolk market town at the weekend as part of a scheme to celebrate the area's cultural diversity.

The sights and sounds of a Brazilian carnival will be coming to a Norfolk market town at the weekend as part of a scheme to celebrate the area's cultural diversity.

Street music and dancing will be taking place at Thetford's International Carnival on Sunday, February 25, which will mark the launch of a new European association by the Keystone Development Trust.

The European Club@Keystone will aim to organise other social events throughout the year to mark Norfolk's Portuguese, Polish and Eastern European influences.

The carnival has been organised by META (Mobile Europeans Taking Action), which has recently renamed itself from the Multilingual and European Thetford Association to help broaden its support to migrant workers in the Watton, Swaffham and Dereham areas.

The event will run from 11am to 5pm at Thetford's Carnegie Rooms and will include performances from the Norwich Samba band, arts and crafts, food from around the world, a fancy-dress competition and other activities for children.

Anna Szwagiel, equalities support worker at Keystone Development Trust, said: “I am looking forward to this event and hopefully it will be a huge success like the International Fair last September.

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“It is very important to have these events to bring all the communities together to share cultures and experiences and to give children the opportunity to get to know each other in a fun and creative environment,” she said.

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