Caldmore Village Festival Group would just like to say thank you to all the community groups, performers and artists, sponsors and partners and local residents and everyone attending The Cultures of Walsall Festival for making it one of the best yet. What a great showcase for all the talents of Walsall communities. Over 3000 people attending in the park and others who joined in the carnival or came out of their houses to wave us us- just a real big thank you to you all. We hope to see you all again at next year’s festival, and if you can’t wait till then remember to come on down to our events in Caldmore Community Garden that happen through the year.
All systems go! The community groups will be on site from 8.00am putting up their marquees. The volunteers will be decorating the site and the stage will be getting prepared – all ready for blast off at 12.00pm.
So don’t forget to come early and stay all day. Some great activities. Exciting sports and lots for the children to do. The music stage kicks off at 12.00pm and carries on throughout the day until 4.30pm with all the best in music and dance that the Cultures of Walsall have to offer. Don’t miss the cracking finale with the carnival procession and of course we expect a storming set from Gypsy Roma musicians Makanitza who will be leading the procession to close the day.
Why not visit the visit Makanitza’s Web page to get a taste of what we have in store.
All in all it’s going to be an unforgettable day!
Faye Bagley rounds off the summer of high profile performances with a special early afternoon slot on the bandstand stage this Sunday. She will be taking to the stage at 12.30. The music stage kicks off at 12.00 with a performance from the Blue Coat School’s Steel band, followed by community choir, Voices Entwined before Faye Hits the boards. So get on down early to get yourself into a plum position and enjoy a day of great music, that carries on through out the day until 4.30pm.
Check out some of Faye’s Music to get you in the mood by clicking this link.https://soundcloud.com/fayebagley
One of the highlights of the Festival every year is the involvement of Caldmore carnival. This year Artists Sam Hale and Alison Strain have been working with groups from Caldmore Palfrey and Pleck in preparation for the procession. This year’s procession lead by nationally acclaimed Roma/Gypsy music group Makanitza starts from Caldmore Community garden at 2.30pm and makes it’s way through the streets in a colourful parade down to the main site in Palfrey park. SO come as you are dressed for the carnival and join in the fun!Pictured, members of the steering group prepare for the carnival carrying colourful peacocks made by participants from AAINA women’s group in Caldmore ready for the procession.
Caldmore Village Festival Group has this year added a new twist to their annual musical
extravaganza by bringing all the Walsall diverse communities together to celebrate each
from many of the Borough’s communities. English, Pakistani, Indian, Caribbean, Afghan,
Polish, Bangldeshi, Czech and Slovakian are some of the cultures that will be on show to
add to the live music.
day as well as Cricket and Football sports tournaments. We even have a special competition
for all the family. So there is plenty for everyone to enjoy and entry is free.
The festival this year incorporates the Caldmore Carnival Procession. If you would like to
join the Carnival’s colourful promenade as it makes its way through Caldmore and Palfrey on
route to the Festival site. Please come and join the carnival crew in Caldmore Community
garden in Carless street in Caldmore at 2.30pm. Come as you are or come dressed up as
you favourite character.
Neighbours fund, CVFG will again focus on bringing the diverse groups together using
cultural heritage, arts and music in one of the green flag bearing Palfrey park. CVFG has
organised music and stage performances giving the opportunity to local and national acts as
well as providing a focus for the best in Asian dance.
CVFG has engaged a range of groups, organisations and communities in preparation for the
the Cultures of Walsall to showcase their heritage so we can value their contribution to the
the event, I would like to invite all of you to join us, bring your families & enjoy the festivities
on the day. Events of this nature are very rear and we hope everyone will come and support
this event and partnership working with key local organisations like Walsall Council, whg,
Near Neighbours is key to the on-going success of the group. Despite the difficulties in
gaining funding CVFG goes strength to strength and I am pleased that we are able to bring
the Walsall community together once again to celebrate Cultures of Walsall. We invite
everyone to come along and the entrance is free to everyone”.
Parking is limited and we encourage everyone to walk to the park.
Contacts: Mohammed Arif, vice-chair CVFG 0777 5813885 or
Steve Breeze, Volunteer Coordinator on 07970 856148