Saturday 13th August is the date for this year’s Anthony Walker Foundation festival and the event is taking place at Greenbank Sports Academy in Greenbank Lane, Liverpool, and will offer a range of free sports and arts activities for visitors.
This is the tenth festival organised and held in the city since Anthony was murdered in a racially motivated attack near his home in Huyton. This popular, free event aims to bring the community together to promote and celebrate diversity, racial harmony and integrity. The event formally opens with a welcome and comments from Gee Walker, the Foundation’s founder, Jane Kennedy the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and Laura Robertson-Collins, the local ward councillor for Greenbank.
For the sports enthusiasts, the popular basketball tournament runs throughout the day (tip off at 9:30am) and a football competition on the nearby Gaelic football field. Sports taster sessions, football skills workshops and ‘sit ‘n’ fit sessions are scheduled during the day. Disney characters will be on site and they will conduct a couple of ‘shake-up’ sessions for the younger ones.
The music stage will feature a range of music performed by local artists and bands. This year’s event features amongst others; Eleanor Nelly, Royzy, Jack McAllister, Kit McAdam and Skylights.
Other activities on the day include a children’s play area, African drumming sessions and a range of information and community stalls. Liverpool Community Health Ambassadors Team will be on hand to offer free health checks, therapies, information and free items for those signing up to health programmes.
The festival is one of the Foundation’s flagship events and provides an opportunity for all to come together and personally experience a day of entertainment and activities, of social interaction and harmony with visitors from across Merseyside and further afield. The day demonstrates that we can come together and value the rich diversity, cultures, differences that embodies Liverpool of which everyone living in the city is rightly proud. The festival is important to everyone connected to the Foundation and is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Anthony Walker.
This year’s festival has been funded by the Mayor’s Fund, MSB Solicitors, Investec and Sovini.