Solfest is proud to announce that this year we are working with Anti Racist Cumbria to become an organisation with an anti-racist mindset and ethos, and for Solfest to become an actively anti-racist festival. This means moving beyond a zero tolerance stance on racist language and behaviour – because we’re learning that being not racist isn’t the same as being anti-racist.
Anti Racist Cumbria are a registered charity who exist to tackle and end racism through action and education to create a forward-thinking and actively anti-racist Cumbria; free from prejudice and systemic inequities.
In Cumbria, in the year to March 2022 Home Office statistics evidenced a 28% increase in recorded hate crimes. Sadly a person’s ‘race’ or ethnicity remains by far the most common motivator for a hate crime to be committed, with more than half of Cumbria’s hate crimes are racially motivated.
Anti Racist Cumbria believes that we are at a turning point and that our beloved Cumbria has an historic opportunity to become the UK’s first actively anti-racist county. Together we can ensure that Cumbria works for every person equitably and equally. We can be part of the change for better.
The Anti Racist Cumbria team will have a stand at Solfest again this year and will also be delivering educational and informative Q&A sessions. Come and meet them and find out more!. We look forward to seeing you at Solfest 2023!