Saturday, July 14, 2007

Croydon Festival underway

Croydon Festival takes place on 14th and 15th July. The Croydon Council organised festival starts today in Lloyd Park with the African Caribbean Family Festival, 1pm to 8pm with Jimmy Cliff headlining. Tomorrow sees the Croydon Mela, also in Lloyd Park 1-8, with Raghav and a host of other acts.

Personally I was sad to see the World Party which normally took place on the Saturday narrowed to become an African Caribbean day only, without the international flavour that included food from around the world and campaigning stalls from Oxfam and the Fairtrade Network. There were many great acts from Africa and the Caribbean before, but we also had acts from Europe and Latin America that were fantastic too - Ojos de Brujo, Rodrigo and Gabriela and Los de Abajo in the heart of Croydon. It is important to mark 200 years since the end of slavery, of course, but hopefully next year the festival can return to drawing in acts and stalls representing the best from around the world.

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