WATCH AGAIN: the launch of our free, online One World Festival – Light in the Darkness.

One World is a celebration of the many communities and faiths of Oxfordshire and is needed more than ever in these challenging times. Our theme 'Light in the Darkness' will bring hope as well as opportunities for reflection through a series of talks, performances, and activities. Events will take place on the last Sunday of each month, beginning in November.

Our launch event featured an introduction from special guests, followed by a range of family-friendly events.


  • 2.30pm
    Introduction to One World 2020 – 10 mins
  • 2.40pm
    'Light in the Darkness' Short Film Viewing – 30 mins
    Watch a short, community-made film in which members of Oxfordshire's faith groups and civic leaders share a reading and a piece of music or a song on the theme of 'Light in the Darkness'.
  • 3.10pm
    The Mosque Lamp with Francesca Leoni, Curator of Islamic Art – 10 mins
    Ashmolean curator Francesca Leoni discusses an object from the collections inspired by the 'Light in the Darkness' theme. 
  • 3.20pm
    A Family Craft Session – 25 mins
    Join our learning team for a lotus flower craft session inspired by the Goddess Lakshmi.
  • 3.45pm
    The Lakshmi Coin with Shailendra Bhandare, Assistant Keeper of the Coin Room – 10 mins
    Ashmolean curator Shailendra Bhandare discusses an object from the collections inspired by the 'Light in the Darkness' theme.
  • 3.55pm
    Diwali Celebrations – 15 mins
    An introduction to Diwali and a short film, led by members of the Oxford Hindu Temple & Community Centre