The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is to celebrate Refugee Week with their annual Summer Festival.

On 23 June the ACAA will host the festival in Lampton Park, Hounslow showcasing a range of performances from artists originally from Afghanistan, who have now settled in countries across Europe, America and Australia.

Festival-goers will enjoy a unique cultural experience participating in activities such as henna, face painting, fashion shows and martial art workshops, as well as tasting cuisine from Afghanistan other parts of Asia.

As a celebration of diversity and multiculturalism, the event will be attended by members of the Afghan community, as well as people from both the wider local community and further afield.

This year’s event will be particularly popular with women and families and provided a chance for all to promote community pride and cohesion.

The day marks an opportunity to bring together different ethnic and cultural groups, celebrating the value and talent that refugees bring to London.

Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi, Director of the ACAA, said: “This is a really important festival to not only celebrate the multiculturalism that exists in Britain, but to also give those of us from Afghanistan and Central Asia, who have made their homes in the UK, the opportunity to connect and share our experiences about building a future in this country.”

“I know that many in our community have a strong affinity with both Britain and Afghanistan, and enjoy and are a part of both cultures.

"Our thoughts are with those in Afghanistan living through uncertain times, and that is why it is so important for those of us living in Britain to come together and lead the way in upholding the spirit of our culture, in the hope of helping to foster Afghanistan’s progress.”