Ferham Festival | RUCST Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

Published: 07/09/2022

On Thursday 11th August 2022, RUCST teamed up with Flux Rotherham to create an event to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month at Ferham Park. Since 2008, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) have engaged the communities of Ferham, Masbrough and surrounding areas with the community event ‘Ferham Festival’. The Festival has been missing from the… Continue reading Ferham Festival | RUCST Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

On Thursday 11th August 2022, RUCST teamed up with Flux Rotherham to create an event to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month at Ferham Park.

Since 2008, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) have engaged the communities of Ferham, Masbrough and surrounding areas with the community event ‘Ferham Festival’. The Festival has been missing from the calendar due to COVID-19 and lock down restrictions for the past 2 years, this year, the Ferham Festival returned with a BANG!

Ferham Festival saw nearly 2000 people take part in educational workshops, football tournaments and creative activities whilst celebrating Rotherham’s diverse communities through food, sport, music and art.

The event saw local organisations, community groups and special guests attend throughout day. Organisations such as, South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Council, Rotherfed, Barnardo’s, Rother Phoenix FC and Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance supported the event with face-to-face stalls and engagement opportunities.

Samira and Emily from Aralia Studios engaged young people and adults in natural art workshops. Uzma Rani and Shahin Shah delivered calligraphy and woodblock printing/painting and Dr Debjani Chatterjee, an award winning author and poet delivered storytelling sessions to young people under the shade of a super-hot Ferham Park. With Grimm & Co. engaging young people with their stall of magic and fantasy.

Culture, heritage and art was a focal point through the day, with live performances from local Tamil Performing Arts Group, The Sunrit Culture Group with Charu Asthana creating a spectacle to celebrate South Asian Cultures, Nisha Lall lead a Bollywood and Bhangra workshop, Heera Singh and the Dhol Drummers and Dancers and a closing set by BBC Asian Network DJ Gracie T. The event also hosted Street Artist ‘Affix’ who showcased his skills on the day with a live portrait painting a of Malala Yousafzai – A Pakistani activist for female education. The painting will be donated to a community group in the Ferham area.

Special guests on the day included MP Sarah Champion who opened the event. Rotherham Mayor Councillor Tajamal Khan who spent the day meeting and greeting local people communities and organisations. The event closed with a presentation to the winning team from the events football tournament, with medals and trophies being presented on the main stage by Mayor Khan and Miller Bear.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner attended the festival for the first time. Speaking after the event he said: “The Ferham Festival was a wonderful event. After the years of lock-downs and restrictions it was good to be out and about again.

“I spent an enjoyable time visiting the stalls and talking with people. I was pleased to see the neighbourhood police there in strength. If the police are to do their job and keep us safe it is vital they build trust with the community in this way.”

The event would not of been possible without the amazing support of this year’s NCS teams (National Citizen Service) who prior, during and after the event litter picked Ferham Park, collecting more than 15 bags of rubbish to be recycled. We would also like to say a big thank you to Police Community Support Officer Paul Newman who did an amazing job as compere for the festival.

To see highlights from this year’s Ferham Festival, please click the link below.

Big thank you to Sam McQueen for the photos & David Sanchez Marin for the filming the event.