In the autumn of 2018, a network of organisations in Torbay came together to form a new partnership, to promote and celebrate diversity in its fullest sense. We began to shape and imagine an annual inter-diversity event that could bring our community together.
With the support of the OPCC, Imagine CIC (Torbay’s Multicultural Group), Plymouth & Devon Racial Equalities Council and many others, our first Into The Mix festival event took place on 6th July 2019. We gathered at Torre Abbey grounds to share stories and experiences, sing, talk, dance, eat, explore ideas, listen to music and much more. The event was attended by over 3800 people, a day of sunshine, magic and togetherness.
Since then, through community gatherings, activities, arts and culture, we have been working to help share a diversity of voices and stories heard from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, from people of different faiths, cultural heritage, age, ability and background.
With the unprecedented situation that development with the emergence of Covid-19, our plans for a 2020 event was understandably cancelled. But we have every confidence that the Into The Mix annual event will return in 2021!
We are now working as a partnership to form a new inter-diversity Community Interest Company to promote shared understanding of difference and raise awareness of diverse histories across Torbay and our sub-region. we want to create opportunities to link into initiatives across the South West, building connectivity across our disperced popluations for the benefit of inter-diversity understanding.
We're keen to keep developing our partnership and would love to hear from anyone who would loke to get involved!