Sheffield’s flamboyant Lord Mayor, Councillor Magid Magid, is inviting all-comers to a farewell party with a difference next month.
The city centre is set to play host to #LoveSheffDay – a celebration of local literary, musical and cultural talent.
The event is an open invitation for everyone to get involved – both by attending the free event and also using the hashtag #LoveSheffDay to tell the world their favourite aspects of the Steel City.
#LoveSheffDay is set to take place on Saturday, May 11th, and includes a full day of live music, poetry reading, fun fair, kids’ entertainment, catering and more.
The Lord Mayor is hoping local people will adopt his #LoveSheffDay hashtag and get the city trending across the world.
He said: “I have nothing but love and respect for my adopted city and its people. There is so much talent here. But
I’ve often found we don’t shout about the place enough. So I’m using this event to celebrate Sheffield, say goodbye and to encourage people to tell the world why they #LoveSheffDay.”
The music stage is set to include a performance byrenowned Sheffield 20-piece party act, the Tin Soldiers.
The band consists of 18 horns, electric bass and drums, and performs tracks by the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The White Stripes, Wild Cherry, Herbie Hancock and others.
There will also be contributions from two of the finest musicians from Music In The Round – Matthew Hunt and Amy Harman who play clarinet and bassoon with resident group Ensemble 360.
The event will run from 12pm until 6pm.
A former refugee, Councillor Magid Magid was Sheffield City Council’s first Green Party mayor and its youngest at 29. His year in office finishes this month and he has just been chosen as the lead candidate for the Green Party in the up and coming European Elections.
Councillor Magid Magid said being mayor was the “most rewarding thing” he had ever done.
“One of the reasons I wanted to be a councillor was to play a more active role in my community and represent those voices that I believed weren’t being represented in the council”.
There is also a #MySheffield photography competition which is inviting people to share their personal vision of Sheffield. It is organised by Our Favourite Places and the winner will get to spend the day with Councillor Magid Magid in one of his last days as Lord Mayor.
#LoveSheffDay will continue into the evening with Councillor Majid Majid’s farewell party at Plug nightclub. The event – which includes free flapjack and custard – will be raising funds for his nominated charities:
* Sheffield Flourish
* Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service
* Unity Gym Project
Tickets can be purchased from: https://events.ticketsforgood.co.uk/events/1365-magic-magid-s-leaving-party-all-profits-to-charity