PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOW KNOWN AS - Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council - since 29 April 2015
Events Diary
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YOU'RE INVITED TO THE 4TH ANNUAL PRESTON STAR EVENTS - Preston STAR events have been organised by the Preston & Western Lancashire REDC together with its key partners; Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, UCLAN, Preston Youth Council, More Music, Black and Ethnic Minority Forum and Trade Councils.  These events are to celebrate and raise awareness for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and to celebrate Preston's unique characteristics of the City's long tradition of tolerance and respect for all its citizens, and visitors! 
Friday 17 March 2017
Preston Standing Together Against Racism -School Choir Event - 53 Degrees, Fylde Road, Preston.   Schools from across Preston and Preston Youth Council invite you to join with them to show your commitment to community cohesion and tackling racism in the City.  
Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start for an evening of songs, dance , drama and speeches by young people from Preston and guest speakers. 
Book your ticket(s) via the link; 
Saturday 18 March 2017
Preston Standing Together Against Racism - Community Day Event, Preston Flag Market - 11am to 3pm - Come along to a FREE event where there will be performances and music from local artists and Stalls housing numerous organisations providing information.

MARCH 2016
Preston Standing Together Against Racism Community Day - FREE event - Preston Flag Market - Saturday 19 March 2016 - ALL WELCOME!
A wide range of community groups and organisations from the Preston area have joined Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council to organise a community day which will take place on the Flag Market from 11am - 3pm on March 19th 2016.  The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Preston at 1pm.
This event is a FREE event to all Citizens of Preston and other visiting Preston City.  The event is also part of celebration and public awareness for the 'International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination' which will be on March 21 2016.
There will be stalls providing information and advice together with entertainment throughout the day including crowd participation in Bollywood style dancing and African drumming and salsa dancing provided by Salsa Northwest.  Performers include local artists Bingo Bay and Crossbill.
MARCH 2015 - Preston Standing Together Against Racism ... 3 Day event
To celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and raise awareness about the effects of racism and poverty, Preston Standing Together Against Racism is back for its second year.  There will be 3 events ....
Friday 20 March 2015 - School Choir Event 11am - 1pm @ Charter Theatre, Preston - FREE - Schools from across Preston will come together to form a mass choir in order for young people to demonstrate their involvement to challenge racism and poverty through song/words and visual arts.  
This is by invitation only. To book a place click here;  
Take a look at last year's event:

Saturday 21 March 2015 - Community Day 11am - 3pm @ Preston Flag Market - FREE.  Organisations and Groups will be available to provide the people of Preston information and advice.  There will also be performances throughout the day from Salsa Northwest, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bollywood Dancing, Steel Band, Dance Syndrome, Preston's College Basketball Team and also performances from local artists including Casa Romanilor, Crossbill and bands from Daniel Clarke Music.  /uploads/Preston STAR 2015-FLYER.pdf
Friday 27 March 2015 - Music Event 7pm @ Charter Theatre, Preston - Tickets available or Pay on Door.  The Love & Etiquette Foundation are delighted to host leading hip-hop act Kingslee 'Akala' Daley and Palestinian Debka Ban '47 Soul' at the Standing Together Against Racism music event. Supporting Akala will be Sophia Ben Yousef and classical Indian artists.
Tickets £15 (or pay on the door) - Earlybird Tickets £10 (buy before 15 March) - NUS/Student Tickets £8  
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Last years event - PRESTON STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST RACISM - 21, 22, 23 MARCH 2014 
Standing Together Against Racism
To raise awareness about the insidious effects of racism and highlight the positive influence of diversity of cultures and communities, Preston is organising a Music Festival led by the Preston & Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council, supported by Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, Preston & South Ribble Trade Union Council, UCLAN, Preston Black and Minority Ethnic Forum, The Love and Etiquette Foundation to name a few.
The purpose of the event is to create awareness and build a coalition of support against racism, which continues to affect individuals and groups in Preston despite progress made over 25 years.


The Key themes that we are seeking to develop are:

·         Standing together against racism

·         Celebrating the progress made of 25 years

·         Recognising racism is still with us

·         Expressing hope for future change

Click here /uploads/STAR_Brochure.pdf to view the brochure
Click here /uploads/STAR_A5_FLYER_NEW.pdf to view the flyer for Sunday 23 March 2014 event.

Friday 21st March – Lancashire County Council County Hall -  Standing together, Celebrating the contribution of schools to building community cohesion and bringing young people together via a Mass Choir in order for young people to demonstrate their involvement to challenging racism through choir/words and visual arts. (This event is by invitation only)


Saturday 22nd March  – Preston Flag Market - 11am - 3pm - Standing together, Celebrating progress and highlighting hopes for the future – Community Day – stalls, stage and presentations in the form of drama, music, dance, short films, music elements and speakers on these themes.  A tribute book of condolence for Nelson Mandela will be available to sign. 
Sunday 23rd March - Guild Hall - Stand together Community Music Festival –  1:00pm - 7:00pm - Doors Open 12pm

Featuring a multi-talented line up of artists that cover Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop, Indie, Rock, Spoken Word, Tabla, Sitar and Nasheed.
This promises to be a fantastic afternoon promoting diverse culture and community through inspirational lyrics and music.
Ticket Collection Only Preston Guild Hall Box Office, Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire PR1 1HT
The Box Office is open Mon to Sat 10:00am to 5:30pm
For more information: T. 07870 100590 E.
Food, refreshments and merchandise will be available to buy.
For more information go to;
Twitter - @starfestpreston 
Facebook - StandingTogetherAgainstRacismPreston
All these are events are FREE!
July 2010 - Human Rights Conference - Human Rights in Our Services and in Our Community at University of Central Lancashire Greenbank Lecture Theatre, Preston
Speakers included:
-  Surinder Sharma, National Director for Equality and Human Rights,
   Dept of Health
-  Adam Weiss, AIRE Centre
-  Amy Whitelock, Mind
-  Isabella Sankey Policy Director, Liberty

July 2011 - The Annual General Meeting on 4th July 2011 at Preston Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston.  Our Guest Speaker at the AGM was the Director of Runneymede Trust, Mr. Robert Berkeley.
Please visit the link below for a brief biography of Mr. Berkeley;
October to December 2011 - YOUR Face OUR Future Against Racism - Anti Racism Exhibition - Race Hate Awareness and Prevention (RHAP) is pleased to bring you a powerful and thought provoking anti racism exhibition. The exhibition will take you on a journey which
  • Highlights the serious nature of racism
  • Encourages the reporting of it
  • Gives an insight into the Criminal Justice System & how it deals with racism from a victim and offender perspective
  • Highlights the changing nature of debates around racism
  • Provides you with an insight into our anti racism work

For a preview follow the link:

The Exhibition was on display in the following libraries;
Preston Harris Library
Lancaster Library 
Skelmersdale Library
Chorley Library

View the flyer, here /uploads/Rhap flyer email.pdf for details of how to see the full exhibition.


To find out more information or borrow the exhibition for your organisation / school or event please get in touch.
July 2012
Preston & Western Lancashire REC's Annual General Meeting, was held on Monday 9th July 2012, at Preston City Council Town Hall, which was well attended.
The Guest Speaker at this years AGM was Ajmal Masroor, Director of Communities in Action.  Picture of Ajmal Masroor
Ajmal Masroor is director of Communities in Action. He provides consultancy and support to media and various government agencies on Muslim issues. He is a broadcaster and regular contributor on national radio and TV programmes, and presents his own programme on the Islam Channel and Channel S.
Click the link below for the Communities in Action website.