The inaugural Hyson Green Cultural Festival (HGCF) was held in 2014 to bring together the local communities in Hyson Green to share and enjoy their cultural diversity. The great success of this rst event in bringing together many di erent people and groups in a highly diverse area led to HGCF winning the ‘Best Organised Community Event’ Award from Nottingham City Homes.
HGCF expanded in 2015, mainly due to the strong roots we established with the local community. The funding from Near Neighbourhood helped us carry out six events which took place before and after the Festival, providing opportunities to engage with a broader range of individuals and families.
In 2016, the Festival continued to grow, seeing approximately 500 people in attendance; we are delighted that in 2017, number increased still, attracting some 600 visitors.
The Festival not only encompasses a good family fun day out, but it enables us to raise awareness and educate on issues arising in the local community. We have focused on: female genital mutilation, knife crime, hate crime and communities have been able to utilise free access to health checks by trained professionals.
Our events are facilitated by the management team, made up of 12 core members and supported by 20 dedicated volunteers, all of whom contributed over 960 hours a year to create the magic that is HGCF - bringing people together, fostering community cohesion, developing local skills, competencies and con dence levels and generating economic bene ts from its operating and visitor expenditures.
Hyson Green Cultural Festival is growing in impact and numbers, becoming a signature event for many local communities. Our increasing number of workshops, exhibitions and sports programs are playing a major role in making the Hyson Green area a thriving centre of excellence for embracing