THE STAGE is set for a celebration of the diverse cultures in Dorchester this weekend.

There will be music, dance, food and activities from around the world as the Borough Gardens hosts the Dorset One World Festival on Saturday.

The popular event is in its fifth year but there is a new look to this year’s festival, which runs from 11am to 5pm.

After being held at the Kings Road playing fields in previous years, organisers are confident the new venue at the Borough Gardens will give the festival a boost and help it appeal to a wider audience.

Festival co-ordinator Sarah Reeves said: “We are delighted to have such a diverse programme of talented performers at the Festival this year in the new location of the Borough Gardens. With a few surprises planned, this is a rare opportunity to experience many cultural delights.

“We have a range of marquee covers so whatever the weather we are going to have the best party in town.”

The programmes of live music and dance at the event spans the globe with performances by artists from China, Africa, India, Chile, Europe and the Caribbean.

There is an equally wide selection of cuisines from the Global Food Village, which visitors to the festival can enjoy.

Workshops, displays and demonstrations being held on the day include Bollywood dance, African drumming, Kabaddi and a traditional clothes show.

The Dorset One World Festival was set up by local resident Khalique Miah back in 2009 in a bid to create a greater understanding of different cultures in the county. It became a regular event and has grown year on year.

More information and a full programme of the event are available from the Dorchester Tourist Information Centre in Antelope Walk, online at or on the Dorset One World Facebook page.