A touch of Bollywood is coming to Dorchester with the Dorset One World Festival

BHANGRA STYLE: Bishan Mazumder and partner

BHANGRA STYLE: Bishan Mazumder and partner

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A TOUCH of Bollywood is coming to Dorchester this summer.

Bollywood film dancer Bishan Mazumder, who runs Bisham Dance in Weymouth, will lead a workshop at this year’s Dorset One World Festival on Saturday, August 9.

It is just one of the many cultural activities taking place at the free event in the Borough Gardens.

Bishan studied at the famous Shilpocala Dance Academy in Asia and is passionate about teaching people this fun and energetic dance. People who would like to join in should go along for 1pm on the day.

Dorset One World Festival is back for its sixth year to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Dorset through world music and dance, food, activities, and games.

The festival is aimed at improving understanding of other cultures in Dorset with a programme of both traditional and modern cultural activities performed by the communities in Dorset and further afield.

Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of cuisines from the Global Food Village whilst soaking up the sounds of performances of Africa, Cuba, China, Scotland, Latin America, India and Dorset.

The food village will offer affordable cuisine from Africa, the Caribbean, Poland, Spain, India and Bangladesh plus traditional ice-creams and Italian pizzas.

A range of workshops and demonstrations include Bollywood dance, African drumming, Sitar, singing, Scottish country dancing, Judo and Kabbadi.

The sports area hosts the annual tug-of-war competition, Indian Kabbadi and activities for children and young people. Kids Zone will offer a range of crafts, face painting and henna tattoos.

For a more relaxing experience, there is Chi Kung gentle exercise for the less mobile and Indian Head Massage treatments Co-ordinator Sarah Reeves said: “We hope that residents and visitors come and enjoy the festival from all corners of Dorset and experience a fun, friendly and culturally enriching day.”

The free festival runs from 11am-5pm on Saturday, August 9.

Information from the TIC, Facebook or dorsetoneworld@gmail.com

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