Liverpool’s Lord Mayor will welcome members from communities across the city this week to celebrate International Migrants Day.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Liverpool’s great diversity and build upon the traditions that each community contributes to the city.
“This year Liverpool celebrated 60 years of our twin city relationship with Cologne in Germany, we have the oldest Chinese Community in Europe and one of the oldest African communities in the UK.
“We also have new communities developing and connecting with each other and are very proud that they have chosen to make Liverpool their home, I am delighted to be welcoming them all to the Town Hall today and I hope to see more events like this celebrated in one of Liverpool’s greatest historical buildings.”
Razak Mosa, chair of Liverpool Arabic Centre said: “As a representative of Liverpool’s Arabic Community I am delighted to be invited to this event which is a chance both to celebrate the contribution that our many international communities bring to Liverpool and also to thank Liverpool involving us so fully in the life of the City”
Officially recognised over ten years ago by the United Nations, the date marks the anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families.
Representatives from over 40 different International communities have been invited to the event at the Town Hall. The reception forms part of a programme being led by the Lord Mayor to encourage more people from Liverpool’s communities to visit the Town Hall.
Entertainment for the evening will include singing in Arabic – from Liverpool Arabic Centre, in Farsi – from Ferdowsi Iranian School and in English by English and Czech pupils from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi.