Walworth to celebrate its rich culture with Africa Day

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On 11 September, the grounds of St Peter's Church (Liverpool Grove, off Walworth Road) will be transformed as it plays host to 'Africa Day', a free community festival and the finale of the Kaleidoscope BME Festival.

The festival celebrates our rich and diverse community in Walworth, with lots of activities and events for all ages. Open from 12pm – 5pm, the festival will include:

  • African music, dance, and acrobats live on stage.
  • Foods of the Caribbean and Africa
  • Performances from 2 Inspire and the Elephant and Castle Community Hub
  • DJ-World Music
  • Arts workshops and talks about the local heritage.
  • Community stalls with Bric-A-Brac and a tombola.
  • Free activities for children
  • Face Painting
  • YModel Railway

Lorraine Gilbert is Chair of the Kaleidoscope BME Festival (also Head of Communication and Resident Involvement at Notting Hill Genesis). She said, “A celebration like this is a great opportunity to recognise the rich diversity of the local area and the very fabric of the local community, particularly given the challenges of the last 18 months.”

John Whelan, Project Manager of Kaleidoscope BME Festival, added, “We have kindly received funding from Notting Hill Genesis to facilitate the festival and Africa Day. We live in such a rich and diverse area – wonderful cultures, food and music – it’s what makes the area we live in special and so we wanted to find a way of celebrating that.”

Kaleidoscope are also looking for volunteers to support on the day. Opportunities include traffic marshalling, decorating, marquee set-up and stage set-up. No experience is required so if you would like to help out on this exciting day, please contact John Whelan, as soon as possible by emailing whelanjohnwalworth@gmail.com. A free meal will be provided as a thank you for your help.

Whether you come as a volunteer or just to enjoy the wide range of events and activities, we look forward to seeing you there.

You can download a poster to promote the festival to your friends and family here.

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