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The Service has a visible presence at several festivals across the county to help it to engage with all of the communities within Nottinghamshire and foster good relations, it is only through taking action to reach all parts of Nottinghamshire’s population can the service achieve its aim of creating safer communities. The services attendance helps it raise awareness of; fire safety, careers at NFRS and promote our services to the audiences attending. The conversations the Service’s staff have with attendees at these events along with the promotional materials used and the advertising within associated media has a powerful impact to help to reach different groups of people within the community served. The main festivals attended by the Service, include but are not limited to:

Nottingham Mela

An Asian Arts festival based in Nottingham credited as being one of the most important events in defining British Asian identity celebrating culture through food, music and entertainment. The event is attended by many communities from an Asian Heritage and is a powerful tool in empowering those communities but also becoming more popular with people from other backgrounds.

Cultural Festival

With the purpose of celebrating the diverse cultures of the different communities in Nottingham the Nottingham Cultural Festival is an annual event which first took place in 2019, featuring in the festival are, various food and drink stalls, Mehndi, face painting, inflatables and funfair rides.

Nottingham Carnival

The Caribbean Carnival in Nottingham began in 1970. A group of West Indians, mainly from the island of St Kitts, held a carnival parade in the Meadows and this became a major annual event for Nottingham’s black community. The event comprises live performances from the main stage, a carnival parade, music tents, workshops, stalls, a funfair and there truly is something for everyone!

Member of Nottingham carnival parade dressed in bright yellows and golds. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue staff with a pair of drag queens during Nottingham Carnival.
Families being shown around a fire engine at Nottingham Carnival Group photo of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue staff taken at Nottinghamshire Carnival

Nottingham Pride

Held for the first time in 1997, has grown each year since, now is a day of LGBTQ visibility. Each year the Service is proud to sponsor the event and lead the parade with a fire engine and show its visible support for LGBT communities.

Nottingham Pride event Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service staff taking part in Nottingham Pride parade holding a large flag in rainbow colours Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue staff and their families enjoying Nottingham Pride
Group of seven fire service personnel holding a large rainbow flag at Nottingham Pride Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service staff taking part in Nottingham pride parade Two firefighters taking part in Nottingham Pride

Worksop Pride

Founded in 2016, highlighting the progress made particularly in terms of LGBT equality and raising awareness of inclusion issues. The Service is a proud sponsor, participant in the parade and stall holder.

Firefighters showing three members of the public around a fire engine during Worksop Pride
Firefighter showing a family around a fire engine during Worksop Pride