Cultures of Walsall – only one week to go!

LET’S CELEBRATE THE CULTURES OF WALSALL!

12.00pm – 5.00pm, Saturday 23rd 2017

Only one week to go!!

Cultures of Walsall is a spectacular fusion of music, dance, food and cultural activities from many of the Borough’s communities. English, Pakistani, Indian, Caribbean, Afghan, Polish, Bangladeshi, Czech, West African, Somali and Slovakian are just some of the cultures that will be represented. It is a family-friendly event that includes a music stage featuring live music from many of the cultures of Walsall, a children’s funfair featuring rides and stalls as well arts and crafts and a host of food stalls featuring tastes from all over the world.   There will be a range of sports activities for the whole family including Tai Chi, Zumba and guided bicycle rides as well as the more conventional sports such as cricket and football.

Entry to the site and stage area as well as the community tents and activities is absolutely free!

Carnival Procession

The festival this year incorporates the Caldmore and Palfrey Carnival Procession. If you would like to join the Carnival’s colourful parade as it makes it way through Caldmore and Palfrey all you have to do is come and join the carnival crew on the day and help to put the finishing touches to the costumes and colourful windsocks.  Carnival workshops will take place from 12.00pm until 3pm. And the procession sets out at 3.15pm returning approximately an hour later.

Joining in is free and everyone is welcome but children should be accompanied by adults. Come as you are, in your national dress, carnival costume or even dressed up as you favourite character

Community Village

There will be a tented village area featuring activities hosted by many of the communities in Walsall. Including arts and crafts, children’s entertainment and our special competition, a Passport to Walsall’s Cultures.

So there will be lots to do and lots to keep you entertained.

Come and explore the Cultures of Walsall!

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Meet the Cultures of Walsall

 

The Cultures of Walsall Festival aims to showcase the many of the Communities of Walsall. The world comes to Walsall.

The heart of the festival is the community village featuring eleven  different local communities who will have their own marquees showcasing the best of their culture. From Pakistan to Jamaica, India to Somalia, England and across Eastern Europe. A whole tapestry of tastes, colours and sounds.

There is also a competition called “Passport to Walsall” which is free to enter for everyone visiting the festival giving you a chance to visit all the stalls and find out some interesting facts about each of the groups. Everyone entering the competition will have a chance to win one of three prizes each worth £25.

So come on down to the Cultures of Walsall Festival and experience the rich mix of customs, clothes and art that make up the amazing, diverse community of Walsall.

Line Up for the Bandstand Stage

20989287_1686319798047925_2155545273233900505_oWe are very proud to be able to announce the line up for the Bandstand  stage on Saturday 23rd of September.

We believe it represents the best of the Cultures of Walsall. There is something for every one, so whether you like Reggae, Irish Music or the sounds of Eastern Europe you will hear some of the best available locally. We also have some of the best in community music with community choirs, school groups and even a deaf signing choir.

Add to this the sizzling  sounds of Aziz and Dalbir presenting an amazing fusion of Rock and South Asian sounds and it all adds up to an afternoon of phenomenal music.

So get there early an enjoy the amazing range of sounds from Walsall and all over the world.

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

2-Ukes

Various Community Dances

Get Sporty and Get Active as part of The Cultures Of Walsall

 

This year the Cultures of Walsall  will play host to a range of sporting activities including a range of family friendly sports provided by Active Streets and a very special young persons sports tournament organized by BMYG and funded by Walsall Council.

Apart the the more traditional sports such as Cricket and Football, there will be a range of inclusive activities including Tai Chi, Zumba and guided bike rides. For those who fancy a little bit of friendly competition people of all ages will be invited to participate in badminton, giant Jenga and archery as well as a three legged race and an egg and spoon race. So make sure you get there early and come and have a go at some healthy and fun activities!

Aziz Ibrahim to play at Cultures of Walsall 2017

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This year we have some amazing music at the festival which we will be previewing on the days leading up to the festival itself on our website and Facebook pages.

One of the stars of the show to be returning to play the festival after three years is Aziz Ibrahim – The Lord of the Strings himself. The former guitarist of the Stone Roses worked with us first three years ago when composed the original music for our carnival show Strolling Stories. This year he returns with his long time collaborator and arch percussionist  Dalbir Singh Rattan to perform on the bandstand stage. They will be performing music from their latest project which combines elements of their Asian musical heritage with some of the elements of contemporary rock, blues and Jazz as well as adding something absolutely unique. They are a force to be reckoned with. Watch out for them when they take the stage at 3.00pm.

Why not check them out now – https://www.facebook.com/azizibrahimmusic/

It’s Carnival time!

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The spectacular Caldmore and Palfrey Carnival procession will be bringing its rich pageant of colour to the festival again this year.

Carnival workshops will be taking place throughout the the festival from 1pm to 3.pm and then will be setting off from the festival site at 3.15 pm. You can either come and make your own costume or wind sock or come colourfully dressed ready to take part.

The procession will be lead by the amazing Makanitza who will be playing a rich mix of Roma influenced processional  music.

We will be stopping off in Caldmore Green at 3.40 for a few minutes so you can come and join us there or just come along and listen and watch as the spectacular pageant passes through.

We will be getting back to the park by 4.15 pm when Makanitza will take the stage for a rip roaring set!

So come on down, join the Carnival and make some noise!!

Join us for the Cultures of Walsall Festival – 23rd September 2017 in Palfrey Park


LET’S CELEBRATE THE CULTURES OF WALSALL!

Cultures of Walsall is a spectacular fusion of music, dance, food and cultural activities from many of the Borough’s communities. It is a family-friendly event that includes a music stage featuring live music from many of the cultures of Walsall, a children’s funfair featuring rides and stalls as well arts and crafts and a host of food stalls featuring tastes from all over the world.   There will be a range of sports activities for the whole family including Tai Chi, Zumba and guided bicycle rides as well as the more conventional sports such as cricket and football.

Entry to the site and stage area as well as the community tents and activities is absolutely free!

Carnival Procession

The festival this year incorporates the Caldmore and Palfrey Carnival Procession. If you would like to join the Carnival’s colourful parade as it makes it way through Caldmore and Palfrey all you have to do is come and join the carnival crew on the day and help to put the finishing touches to the costumes and colourful windsocks.  Carnival workshops will take place from 12.00pm until 3pm. And the procession sets out at 3.15pm returning approximately an hour later.

Joining in is free and everyone is welcome but children should be accompanied by adults. Come as you are, in your national dress, carnival costume or even dressed up as you favourite character

Community Village

There will be a tented village area featuring activities hosted by many of the communities in Walsall. Including arts and crafts, children’s entertainment and our special competition, a Passport to Walsall’s Cultures.

So there will be lots to do and lots to keep you entertained.

Come and explore the Cultures of Walsall!