Celebration of multicultural Devonshire


Youngsters were parading a beautiful array of costumes at the Global Big Local multicultural children’s costume competition last weekend.

The event was organised by Devonshire West Big Local and Eastbourne Multicultural Education Project to celebrate cultural diversity in the area.

Manju Shrestha is part of both community groups and said “It was lovely to see many children having fun, sharing their culture and showing talents. We wanted to bring people together.”

Manju’s sixteen-year-old son, Irris, was the compere for the day and introduced all the participants. The special guest was David Watts, Mayor of Polegate, who presented the prizes alongside Jane Dubery, chair of Devonshire West Big Local.

There was also a raffle in aid of Nepalese earthquake relief efforts, raising £30 for ECCA (Environmental Camp for Conservation Awareness). Prizes included donations from the local Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores.

The competition winner in the over eight category was Gautam in a gold braided outfit. The under eight winner was won by Amana in a yellow Bangladeshi dress. Five-year-old Aaron wore a grey Nepalese tunic and traditional hat, and two-year-old Usnab almost stole the show by gatecrashing the stage with some of the bigger kids.

Seven year old Sara came as a Scandinavian princess, Elsa from Frozen, and Victor, Daniela and Diana danced to a Venezuelan tune, with the audience clapping enthusiastically.

“This children’s costume celebration event encouraged young people and adults as well because they raised the issue about an adult multicultural costume show,” Manju added.