Tickets are now on sale for the UK’s first diversity ball – a brand new jewel in the crown of Chester’s social calendar.
The gala event will be held at Chester Cathedral on 22nd May and aims to unite and welcome all communities of the city – irrespective of ethnicity, ability, religion or sexual orientation.
Activities will be held throughout the building with entertainment provided across four stages.
Food and drink will be available on the night, with the additional option of a three-course pre-ball Italian-themed dinner (£30, pre-booking essential) served in the cathedral refectory.
Tickets for the ball itself cost £35 (£27.50 for under-23s) but those who buy early can take advantage of an early bird ticket offer of £25 (£20 for under-23s).
Tickets are available online or in person from the cathedral box office. The ball is an over-18 event.
The Chester Diversity Ball is a registered charity and organisers hope to raise funds for institutions that help integrate the community.
Organiser Joel Josephson says he was inspired to put on the event after seeing the success of the world’s first diversity ball held annually in Vienna.
He now believes Chester can stage a similarly colourful celebration of diversity.
“We are standing up and making a statement,” he told us.
“No matter who we are, we are all human beings and all command the same equality and the same respect.
“We are saying that this city welcomes everybody. Our slogan is ‘Chester: A city of walls without barriers’.”
There will be live bands and orchestras (from punk to classical), solo acts, DJs, sign-language singing, poetry readings, comedy and a diversity fashion show organised by the University of Chester.
There will also be a silent auction of gifts from businesses across the city and displays of work by local artists and sculptors.
Guests are invited to impress with their sartorial elegance and style.
For more information, please see: www.diversityball.co.uk