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Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela with a Mandela Day Parade of school pupils and young people in Liverpool

Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela with a Mandela Day Parade of school pupils and young people in Liverpool

by Culture Liverpool

Writing on the Wall, the Liverpool City Region’s Arts Organisation of the Year 2020, is delighted to be collaborating with Mandela 8 & Culture Liverpool for the Mandela Day Celebrations parade on Monday 18th July!

We have been delivering workshops with school children in and around the L8 area, creating placards and banners which celebrate the life and message of Nelson Mandela and activism! We have been working with St Vincent De Paul, Pleasant Street Primary, Kingsley Primary, St Michaels in the Hamlet, Sacred Heart, Everton Free School and The Greenhouse Project. Our creative writing workshops have been educating local children on the life of Mandela, celebrating his legacy here in the city and what they want for the future. We had the pleasure of working with local writers and artists, Natalie Denny, Blue Saint and Janaya Pickett who visited the schools to support pupils in creating slogans and placards. World-renowned banner maker Peter Carney has worked with children from the Green House Project to create banners for the parade.

The children, their families, carers and friends have been invited to take part in the parade and present the fabulous work that they have created on Monday 18th July. We will assemble behind the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre from 9:30 am. The parade, which will feature Katumba Drummers, will start on Princes Boulevard leading into Princes Park and culminate in a free picnic and other exciting activities including Wildflower walks, and recycled plastic flower-making workshops with Scouse Flowerhouse and artist Faith Bebbington.

There will also be speeches from The Lord Mayor, MP Kim Johnson, Chair of Mandela 8 Sonia Bassey and Patrons of Mandela 8, Wally Brown & Maria O’Reilly.

This parade is also open to the public so please do come along and join the children in celebrating the life of an iconic activist! It’s going to be a very hot day so please do take care and ensure you’re equipped with sunscreen, and hats and keep hydrated!

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