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Hyde Park Unity Day

Every year, students, local residents, children, musicians, retailers, and charities of LS6 (in my opinion, the very best area in Leeds) come together for a one-day community festival in Hyde Park/Woodhouse Moor.

This year HPUD is already on its 16th year. It takes place on a random Saturday in August, although this is never announced until the day it’s almost upon us, for fear of the numbers getting too great for the volunteer stewards to manage. It happens on Woodhouse Moor in the Hyde Park area of LS6. Below is an extract from the website – www.unityday.org.uk

Mission
Hyde Park Unity Day was initiated by the Hyde Park Residents Association with the mission to:
Create a relaxed friendly and safe environment.
Unite the community and provide an opportunity to highlight the positive aspects of living, working, and studying in Hyde Park.
Demonstrate communities’ strength through voluntary involvement.
Celebrate cultural diversity through art, music and performance.
Create a focus point for community activities.
Unite and provide opportunities to showcase skills, talent, and nature of local people and artists. Hyde Park Unity Day is an opportunity for anyone or group to show their creative flair.
Woodhouse Moor takes on it’s own personality during the day with community stalls and local organisations. Sporting competitions happen to challenge any and all. Local entertainers, artists, bands, breakdancers, bingo callers all prove that Hyde Park Unity Day is there for everyone to get involved in.
Coordinating the different areas is open to all volunteers, the existing Hyde Park Unity Day team members are welcoming in their help and support to all new members.

Basically it is a right knees up and everyone local is invited (though out-of-area folk won’t be turned away either!). There are food and drink stalls, live music, and lots of things for the benefit of the community such as demos from local policing teams.

I have been going for the last few years and as a keen LS6 resident then this year will be no different. The only difficulty is finding out when exactly the day is going to be, but you usually get a few weeks’ notice. This year is going to be smaller than usual and finish a bit earlier, but all the local clubs and pubs hosts a variety of after-parties so it will still be an all-night affair.

written by kneehigh85

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