Festival bids to unite community

AN ARTS project featuring food, film and cultural entertainment is set to be launched in Boston to ‘break down barriers’ between different communities.

The Alchemy Project is a new scheme unveiled by JUST Lincolnshire to ‘unravel the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices’ that they say face modern Boston and will kick off with a free event on April 14.

Wes Shelbourne of JUST Lincolnshire, an equality and human rights group, said: “The whole idea of Alchemy is to try to break down barriers between the many different communities and cultures who are now living in the Boston area and to foster better understanding.

“Through an exciting programme of creative activities including writing, film making, drama, dance and music, The Alchemy Project will aim to encourage confidence so people are not afraid to report crimes against them.”

The project runs until March 2013 with creative workshops to explore life in Boston in 2012.

For April 14 Masterchef 2012 contender Eamonn Hunt, from Lincoln, will cook up some special secret recipes with an Eastern European flavour to be revealed at noon that day.

Eamonn, who made the show’s final five, said: “I was asked to come up with recipes which reflect the different communities that now live in Boston.

“It was a real culinary challenge coming up with dishes which crossed the different cultures.

“I’ve gone for a starter which is a definite mix of English and Eastern European, a main course which will really show off the wonderful produce to be found in the fields around Boston and a pudding that’s definitely got a Polish flavour.”

The drop-in launch event takes place at the Assembly Rooms from 11am to 2pm and offers people the chance to find out more and includes a free buffet featuring food from local suppliers.

The programme includes the City of Lincoln Band, the Polish choir Cantus Polonicum from Peterborough, street dance crews Neverendin Street Crew and The Biz Theatre School from Boston and Russian band Docum playing popular Russian and Lithuanian songs.

Lincolnshire Poet Laureate Joel Stickley will perform a poem specially written for the day.

The event will also feature the first screening of a documentary film made locally in the last month which gives local people from the UK and Eastern European cultures the chance to explain how they feel about living in the town.

There will also be ‘have a go’ workshop sessions in film-making, dance and creative writing.

The Alchemy Project is an initiative run by JUST Lincolnshire with funding from the Community Development Foundation of £77,000 over almost two years. Find out more at www.alchemyproject.eu or call JUST Lincolnshire on 01522 596161.