Our Festivals Exchange programme offers unique opportunities for people from different backgrounds to gain a better understanding of their neighbours through first-hand experience of their religious festivals.
Since 2015, we have partnered with numerous places of worship to run Festivals Exchange visits for groups of up to 35 people. We work with host communities, supporting them to provide a welcoming experience for their guests. We help prepare briefing flyers explaining the rituals, ensure dietary and cultural requirements are taken into account, and any dress codes are made clear to participants in advance. Our staff are present throughout the visit, providing a specific welcome and facilitating an opportunity for dialogue following the festival. Guests have the opportunity to talk with community members, asking questions about what they’ve witnessed and the religious beliefs and practices of the community more generally.