Ribbons of Unity


Throughout June the community of East Oxford are invited to come together and show their colours in tribute to the spectacular national and global celebrations taking place this summer, creating colourful flags, banners and bunting for these and all our future celebratory events!

Ribbons of Unity


Fusion Arts, in association with Cowley Road Works, the charity behind Cowley Road Carnival, ran a fun creative community arts project ‘Flags, Ribbons Of Unity’ June-July 2012.

Community and voluntary groups, schools, local people and families from East Oxford were invited to get together, get creative and get involved! The idea was to help create flags, banners and bunting reflecting the diversity of our community, the vast diversity of nationalities from both the Commonwealth and those participating in the Olympics.

The decorations were first displayed to greet the Olympic Torch Relay when it passed through Oxford on July 9th and will now become a community resource to be used for future events like Mela, Carnival and other festivals and celebrations in the area.

Artists helped people to create their own Batik design and print using simple cold wax dying techniques and to paint their national colours or emblems to represent their identity and heritage. The flags were then linked together in a colourful display to celebrate the diversity and unity of our community.

The first workshops began over the Diamond Jubilee weekend with drop in flag making sessions at SS Mary & John Church, the Magdalen Road Street Party and the Lord Mayor’s Jubilee Tea Party and continued throughout June at workshops, celebrations and events and in local schools.


Find us at Oxford Mela on 9th June at Oxford Spires Academy, Glanville Road, OX4 2AU Oxford. 1-6pm

An inclusive multi-cultural, multi-generation and multi-faith programme of fun & entertainment – Fusion will run free drop in sessions throughout the day.

Open Workshops at Fusion Arts – for all the family – free! At Princes Street – behind East Oxford Community Centre, off Cowley Road

Sundays: June 10th, 17th, 24th 11am – 3pm

Saturdays: June 16th, 23rd, 11am – 4pm

Final open workshop Sunday July 1st 11am – 3pm

‘Flags – Ribbons of Unity’ is mainly funded by Awards for All but more sponsors helped us reach the target creation of 60 flags, 100s of bunting triangles and 3 large banners representing Community, Celebration, Friendship, Unity and Peace as symbolized by the Olympic Flame. They included Aziz INdian Restaurant on the Cowley Road, and the City Council as part of the Lord Mayor’s Parade.