BERMONDSEY CARNIVAL: With a Latin American twist

London – VIJAY SHAH

If you like family days out and happen to be south of the river in London this Saturday, there is a cool dance festival just waiting to be visited, completely free of charge. The Bermondsey Carnival, being held at the Southwark Park this Saturday, 30th June 2018, is the perfect family fun in the sun session, with a summery mix of dance, music, events for adults and children and its own funfair.

South London is home to many vibrant Latin American communities, with Londoners from Brazil and Colombia forming the majority of them. This year, the Bermondsey Carnival will honour local South American communities by taking on a Latino/a theme, with performances from the Abba Gold Girls, the singer-songwriter Mancie Baker and a Salute to Sinatra from Louis Hoover, the original star of the Broadway show.

 

There will also be dance workshops (including a children’s dance tent for the little ones to practice their samba and Fortnite emote dances) and fun activities such as making masks, alongside food and drinks stalls. Look out for the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, a massive jumble boot sale’ hosted by local residents, and the Plaza Latina with its South American music, food and dance, the Plaza is new for 2018.

The Create and Play Zone
An assortment of talented artists, performers and designers providing a multitude of engaging things to do

Nest Box and Mask Making Workshops with Café Gallery
Crafty Beasts Making Workshops with Time & Talents
Totally Wild Foraging Adventure walks running throughout the day (12.30pm – 1.30pm – 2.30pm – 3.30pm)
Jumping Bean Stories and Rhyme Tent (12.15pm – 1.15pm – 2.30pm – 3.30pm – 4.30pm)
Make Theatre with London Bubble Theatre. Turn yourself into a story gatherer, a story teller, a character creator or a history maker In the beautiful Bubble Yurt throughout the day from: 12pm to 4pm.

SE16 DANCE Tent hosted by the Movement Factory.
Come and take part in an exclusive range of free dance workshops running throughout the day. No previous dance experience necessary

SE16 Dance Tent Workshops Times
12.00 to 12.30: Musical Mayhem- Musical Theatre
12.30 to 13.15: The Movement Factory- Street Dance
13.15 to 13.40: Kinetika Bloco
Performances Times

13.40 to 14.00- Kinetika Bloco
14.00 to 14.25 – Musical Mayhem
14.25 to 14.30 – Ellz & Sharz
14.30 to 14.40 – Hazel
14.40 to 14.50 – The Mia Dancers
14.50 to 14.55 – Jerdy
14.55 to 15.00 -Ellie
15.00 to 15.05 – Gawz
15.05 to 15.10 – Double Twist Dance Co.
15.10 to 15.30 – Southwark Gymnastics
15.30 to 15.40 – DHK Shortman
16.00 to 16.45 – DHK Shortman / Dance Hall
16.45 to 17.30 – The Movement Factory

The festival is being organised by Southwark Council, along with Bermondsey Beat and The Friends of Southwark Park.

Sat 30th June, 12pm- 8pm: Bermondsey Carnival
Southwark Park, Gomm Rd, SE16 2TX

SOURCES:

Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984

Super London, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SuperLNDN

Skint London Mag, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/SkintLondon

“Top Skint picks for the Weekend!” – Skint London (29 June 2018) http://www.skintlondon.com/top-skint-picks-for-the-weekend-48/

“Bermondsey Carnival 2018” – WISE16.CO.UK https://www.wise16.co.uk/free-bermondsey-carnival-2018-at-southwark-park/

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Samba procession @ Carnival De Cuba, London 2008” – jf 1234, Flickr (29 June 2008) https://www.flickr.com/photos/kde-head/2622435786

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NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL: Thousands expected on day 2

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to head towards west London as the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival runs into its second day. The biggest street festival in Europe, which is held in August every year in the roads of London’s prestigious Notting Hill district, celebrates Caribbean culture, dance, food and music and draws in thousands of locals and tourists looking for the ultimate end-of-summer street party.

Notting Hill Carnival 2002 (London, UK) Photo ...
Notting Hill Carnival 2002 (London, UK) Photo of the Notting Hill Carnival, the original image was taken on 26th August 2002 by User:ChrisCroome, this image is © Chris Croome 2002 and it has been made available under the GNU Free Documentation License. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today the festival opened at 9:00 am BST with weather forecasters predicting clear skies and temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius, after a Bank Holiday weekend which saw milder conditions and a deluge in the London area on Saturday.

Amid a heavy police presence with 7,000 officers on duty , families and solo travellers lined the streets to witness a procession of dancers, musicians, floats and sound systems playing Caribbean music, encompassing everything West Indies-flavoured from soca to bashment and reggae. The main route of the Carnival runs from Great Western Road to Ladbroke Grove, where the processions will end at 7 pm.

Today is the 49th anniversary of the Notting Hill Carnival and its second day. It is predicted up to 1 million people will attend. By 11:00 am BST, thousands of partygoers were already lining the streets.

Highlights for Carnival ’13 include the flamboyant dance troupe UCOM, children’s steel drum band competitions, and special homemade jerk chicken from Mama’s Jerk Station.

A map of the NHC route, including sound systems in the local area (c) Notting Hill Carnival Facebook Page
A map of the NHC route, including sound systems in the local area (c) Notting Hill Carnival Facebook Page

The Carnival first began life in 1966 as the West Indians who had settled in north London decided to hold impromptu street parties in the vein of their memories of the traditional Carnival, just as they had grown up with in islands such as Jamaica and Trinidad. The original Caribbean Carnival, first held in 1959 then joined forces with the organisers of a multicultural carnival held by hippies aligned with the London Free School, who were attempting to improve the fragmented race relations in the post-war years. The new carnival, with its affairs run from a local restaurant, soon became the must-see event among London’s Caribbean community. The event has enjoyed the patronage of many musicians, West Indian government officials and even British monarchy, with Prince Charles being one of its biggest supporters.

Notting Hill Carnival 2006 (London)
Notting Hill Carnival 2006 (London) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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SOURCES:
Half-Eaten Mind on Twitter LINK
Evening Standard on Twitter LINK
“Hundreds of thousands of revellers descend on Notting Hill for day two of carnival 2013” – Miranda Bryant, London Evening Standard (26 August 2013) LINK
“About THE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL The Notting Hill Carnival 2013 dates are August 25th and 26th.” – The Notting Hill Carnival LINK
“Notting Hill Carnival” – Wikipedia LINK
IMAGE CREDIT:
Notting Hill Carnival 2013 on Facebook LINK