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Organiser promises ‘buffet of activities’ at event aimed at drawing community together

Glenn Fubler, centre, announces the July 2gather Fun Fest. Also featured, from left, Jay Donowa, of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service; Maxine Esdaille,of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Committee; Shervin Dill, the president of the North Village Community Club; and Iesha Musson, of the Mirrors programme (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A festival in an historic landmark will help families to start their summers off with a strong sense of community, according to organisers.

The July 2gather Family Fun Fest, to be held in Freedom Square at City Hall in Hamilton, promises a “buffet of activities” that will help to entertain children and offer guidance to parents.

Glenn Fubler, who organised the event, said today that it was inspired by the 1959 Theatre Boycott, when organisers reached a “tipping point” and came together to enact change.

He explained: “That tipping point is a lesson for us in 2022.

“We have various challenges within our community through Covid-19 and cycles of violence in the community.

“Our view is that we can only address it through collaboration as Bermudians and coming together like they did more than six decades ago, when they came together peacefully and were able to transform their situation.”

He added that the event will provide families with pointers and ideas on how they can both enjoy their children but also stimulate them and help them over the summer.

Mr Fubler promised a “buffet of activities” that included games, an art corner and tennis lessons by Gavin Manders, of Manders Tennis Management.

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service will take children on a tour of their newest ladder truck and the Community Policing Unit will host several activities.

Parents will also be able to get parenting and family assistance from stalls headed by the Family Centre and the Mirrors Programme.

Teachers and members of the Ministry of Education will be available to give parents advice on how to help their children to retain knowledge over the summer and avoid the “summer slip”.

Performances by musical guests and a gombey troupe will also take place.

The July 2gather Family Fun Fest will take place on July 2 from 6pm to 8.30pm in Freedom Square in front of City Hall.

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Published June 28, 2022 at 7:41 am (Updated June 28, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Organiser promises ‘buffet of activities’ at event aimed at drawing community together

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