The great multicultural spectacular that is “ The Cultures of Walsall” festival is set to kick off tomorrow at 12.00. The weather is looking promising and all the preparations are in place. No less than 11 of Walsall’s communities will be exhibiting what is special about their cultures, with food, art and textiles being at the heart of what they will all be exhibiting. Coupled with this the main stage on the bandstand boasts a range of acts which truly gives you a taste of Walsall’s diverse musical heritage. There will be music from 11.45pm with centre stage being taken by Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan at 3.00pm, the lilting summer Reggae sounds of I-Way from 3.40pm and the amazing Makanitza taking the stage to round off the festival at 4.30pm
Find out more about Aziz here http://aziz.co.uk
Find out more about Makanitza here http://www.makanitza.com
The carnival procession will set off from Palfrey Park at 3.15pm. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a costume. Come and make one! In preparation we will be running carnival workshops from 12.00pm until 3.pm in our carnival tent. The Carnival is open for anyone to join in though under 11s should come with an adult. Come colourfully dressed or if possible dressed in your national costume. The Carnival procession will be stopping off at Caldmore Green at about 3.35pm so come and join us there if you can’t come to the park.
Palfrey park will also be full of sporting activities for the active and the not so active of all ages. From sponge ball cricket to Tai Chi and Zumba. The will be something for everyone. We will also be hosting selected fairground rides from the Pat Collins Funfair ensuring that the sight will have the traditional festival feel.
So get there early and stay all day. Bring a picnic or purchase food and snacks from selected caterers.
Its going to be a great day!
There will be carnival workshops all day from 12.00 with local carnival supremos Bostin’ Arts running our carnival tent giving you a chance to make colourful costumes and wind socks for the procession.
The procession itself sets off at 3.15pm come in carnival costume, colourful clothes or national dress. The procession will be led by the amazing Makanitza, who bring a sensational mix of Roma music blended with Eastern European melodies and rhythms.
So come and join the Carnival procession or come out and watch it will be an amazing spectacle.
3.15pm Carnival sets off from from Palfrey Park
3.25pm Bescot Street /Victor Street
3.35pm -3.45pm Caldmore Green
4.pm Rutter Street .
4.15pm Palfrey Park
4.30 -5.15 pm Makanitza live on stage
Check out Makanitza on their web site and get a preview of some of their amazing music http://www.makanitza.com/
We have some amazing music lined up for this year’s cultures of Walsall. From the Lilting Reggae of I-Way, to the up- beat Irish tunes of Good Traditions: through the best in community music right up to the hard hitting Hip-Hop of local Rapper Justice Hotep. This year’s line up ensures there is something for everyone.
Leading the Carnival will be the amazing Makanitza with their blend of Eastern European styles and melodies before they take the stage at the end of the afternoon. And of course we mustn’t forget to applaud the return of the mighty Aziz Ibrahim the former Guitarist with the Stone Roses who will be taking the stage with his long term collaborator and local lad Dalbir Singh Rattan.
So get there early and come and stay the day, it’s sure to be one you won’t forget for a long time.
The Bandstand Stage line –up
12.00 The Flaky Tarts Folk Duo
12.20 Signs for Worship British Sign Language choir
12.40 Nash Dom Roma Music
13.00 Jaimal Mistry. Indian Dance
13.25 Caldmore Primary School School Performance
13.45 Voices Entwined Community Choir
1405 Good Traditions Irish Songs
14.30 Justice Hotep Hip Hop/ Rap/ Soul Fusion
15.00 Aziz Ibrahim and Dalbir Singh Rattan Contemporary Asian / Rock Fusion
15.30 Mayoral Address Walsall Mayor
15.50 I -Way Reggae
16.20 Carnival Procession Arrives
16.30 Makanitza Eastern European/ Roma
In the Field
Good Traditions Acoustic
Various Community Dance
Venue – Palfrey Park Games Arena Under 13’s start 12:00 pm
Under 19’s start 1:30 pm
FREE TO ENTER & OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE
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