A NEW family-friendly language festival that aims to unite people from different communities across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch takes place this weekend.

Singers and dancers from France and The Gambia will be coming to the World of Love Festival, which will be held King’s Park in Boscombe on Sunday.

Founder Bea Sieradzka said: “It is vital to raise awareness of learning languages and sharing the knowledge about different cultures because each one is special in its own way."

She added: “Daniel Jatta has come from The Gambia especially to perform at the World of Love Festival and share his culture and language.

“He is very much committed to preserving his heritage language and culture and we are immensely proud and honoured that he decided to travel all this way from his country to perform at our event."

Here’s everything you need to know

What is it? It is the first multilingual family event to inspire children and their parents to learn new languages and understand people from other cultures.

When does it take place? King’s Park Boscombe on Sunday, September 22 from 11am to 4pm.

Who organises it? It is a collaboration between diverse community groups and follows a successful pilot event in March this year. It has recently been endorsed by the British Council.

What events will be taking place? There will be performances by artists from more than 20 different language and cultural backgrounds. Visitors will also have the chance to take part in various workshops such as African drumming and Hungarian dancing.

What’s going on for kids? Children can join in with language games and calligraphy classes led by language schoolteachers.

Is there any live music? Artists with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds will be performing traditional songs and dance stories.

What food will be on offer? An array of international food stalls and a chance to source local produce from Dorset.

Does it cost to enter? It is a free event. For more details, see worldoflovefestival.co.uk