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Men dancing in South Asian Mela celebration on Preston Flag Market.

A city for everyone...

At the heart of Preston’s modern-day approach and attitudes to its residents and various communities are its time-served traditional values, its friendly reputation, an abundance of Northern charm, and that famous warm Lancashire welcome.

Preston Faith Forum

The Preston Faith Forum's mission is:

“To improve the lives of the citizens of Preston by fostering inter-faith dialogue, understanding, co-operation and joint working on a range of social economic and environmental issues”

The Preston Faith Forum was formed in 2003 for the purpose of representing the voice of faith groups and communities in the city. The Faith Forum has since provided a means for communication and consultation between Preston City Council and communities.

For more details visit Preston Faith Forum.


Preston's commitment to diversity includes a dedication to the city's LGBTQ+ community. This is celebrated in an annual Pride event (held in September). You will find a selection of gay bars in the city, and LGBTQ+ support services available, such as the Harris LGBTQ Working Group.

Preston City Mela

The annual Preston City Mela celebrates South Asian Arts, culture, tradition, and heritage.

The word Mela means 'a fair', and in rural traditions these were - and still are - an important way of connecting communities. This family-orientated event is a fantastic way of sharing cultures, getting together, and simply having fun.

For more details visit Preston City Mela.

Caribbean Carnival

Preston's Caribbean Carnival has been an annual event in the city for over 45 years. The festival celebrates Caribbean culture within the city, with a colourful parade, live music, dancing, and authentic Caribbean foods.

All communities are welcome to get involved with the festival and feature in the parade, along with vibrant floats, costumes, and outfits.

For more details see Preston Caribbean Carnival.

Chinese New Year

UCLan, The Harris, and many more venues host a number of events in celebration of Chinese New Year. In the past these have included Chinese calligraphy classes and dragon dancing.

Keep an eye out each year for what's on.