'Get Connected' Birmingham 2002
Get Connected took place at the prestigious Centenary Square and REP Theatre in Birmingham on Saturday 16th November 2002 in order to celebrate the Hindu faith by incorporating a unique combination of spirituality, culture and lifestyle all under one roof.
- 3,000 people attended the event.
- The event was the last of the three ‘Get Connected’ events in the country and the only one that was both indoor and outdoor.
- It formed part of the Annual Diwali celebrations and was organised in conjunction with the Hindu Council of Birmingham.
- It was attended by a number of dignitaries including Claire Short MP.
- The REP Theatre was separated into unique ‘Zones’:
Kids Zone: Children of all ages flocked to the Kids Zone to take part in supervised games and colouring competitions while watching animated Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Chat Zone: this played host to a series of speakers on popular topics such as basics in Vedanta, meditation and yoga.
Culture Zone: where a mock Hindu marriage ceremony took place, talented musicians played entertained visitors with Indian classical music, and youths (of all ages) spent large amounts of time playing Antakshari.
- The Main stage outside in the Centenary Square hosted comedy acts, dramatisations, singers and Bollywood dancers.
- The Square also consisted of food stalls and career stalls.
- The entire event was organised within 2 months.
- Over 70 people participated in the planning and organising of the event.
Here are some photos from Get Connected Birmingham. Click on the thumbnail to get a larger version.