Unite was proud to show solidarity with other trade unions who were supporting the Newcastle Unity Festival on Saturday 23rd May.
This festival was the brain child of ordinary union members and anti-racism campaigners who wanted to celebrate the regions proud history on fighting against fascism and racism and communities living together in peace and harmony.
The event took place in Leazes Park, Newcastle, and featured performances from multi-award winning Ms Dynamite, hip hop artist Akala, Natty and Panjabi MC. There were also performances in nearby marquees with acoustic shows, stand-up comedians, reggae and spoken word in nearby tents.
Members of the public were greeted by the Newcastle Allstars steel band, while youngsters from Inspired Support, an organisation providing opportunities for people with autism, ran a section dedicated to dance performances.
There were stalls selling the best in world food and were set up in a market alongside craft traders. The sun shone all day long at a free open-air music festival in Newcastle.
In Unite’s speech to the gathered crowd of thousands, it made clear to the younger generation the importance of trade unions in the workplace; Unite being the only trade union which also organised in the community; Unite’s involvement in the region in fighting against fascism and racism; the rise of UKIP and the anti-immigration agenda; and migrant workers being exploited by unscrupulous bosses. This message was met with huge applause.
Fazia Hussain-Brown, Unite regional officer, said: “The Newcastle Unity Festival was set up to proactively challenge all forms of intolerance and promote unity in the community. The event was totally free. It was supported and funded solely by donations from organisations, members of the public and most importantly by the trade union movement. We are very happy that Unity Festival have made a decision to continue the festival next year.”