On a Mission to Bring Our Communities Together

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On a Mission to Bring Our Communities Together

Byline: Christopher Knox

ANIGERIAN-born missionary aims to showcase the North East's diverse cultural mix by urging communities to share their arts, literature, drama, fashion and cuisine.

Peter Adegbie has launched community interest company Culture Parade to organise exhibitions by artists, craftspeople and businesses.

Mr Adegbie, 49, has already become a highly regarded figure in his own community after setting up a multi-faith church, the Sunderland Chapel of Light, in 2005.

He is now committed to spreading religious and racial tolerance through art and culture and hopes to operate his own dedicated venue in the region within four years, which would create a series of permanent jobs.

He plans to operate the business by charging entry for a host of events, from ethnic fashion shows and cooking lessons to art exhibitions and film screenings.

Mr Adegbie said: "Culture Parade will be a rolling interactive exhibition of cultures from different parts of the world.

"One country's culture at a time will be showcased to the wider community in the form of art displays, dance acts, movie screenings, cookery lessons and storytelling.

"Local people who originate from these cultures will be involved in the exhibitions. For example, if we do an American exhibition then any local person who comes from America will be encouraged to get involved by making their favourite pumpkin pie recipe.

"The business model as a community interest company with potential for huge profits through restaurant and gallery sales as well as revenue from television programming will use all of the profit for capital development, creating employment and a healthier and wealthier community.

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