Celebrating our wonderful borough!
More than 250 people from across Islington came together to celebrate our wonderful borough and its diversity at the first Celebrate Islington Festival.
From Bollywood and flamenco dancing, to spoken word performances, singers and rappers, local groups entertained participants with their inspiring performances.
Spoken word artist dazzles at Islington Assembly Hall
The event, held on 17 July, was all about celebrating the diversity of Islington, which makes Islington the wonderful place it is, and a borough we are truly proud of being a part of. It was jointly organised by five of Islington’s community groups: the Children & Young People’s Forum, Every Voice, forum+, Islington Faiths Forum, Islington Hate Crime Forum and the Islington Refugee Forum.
Organisers of Celebrate Islington get up on stage to give their thanks
Roz Miller, Director of Islington Faiths Forum said: “The festival drew an amazing crowd of people, a great mix from all walks of life, and the performers were just brilliant. It was such a great opportunity to celebrate our diversity, community work and relationships – it all felt really rather special.”
Tessa Havers-Strong, Executive and Governance Officer from forum+ who work to improve the lives of the LGBT+ community in Islington said: “Islington has long been known as a diverse and inclusive place to live, a place where different communities and cultures achieve together. The Celebrate Islington Festival was the perfect celebration of the amazing people and rich diversity we are so lucky to have in our local area. All evening long we were wonderfully entertained by fantastic local performers from poets to flamenco dancers. We enjoyed most the strong sense of community and are so proud to have joined together with amazing community groups, Islington residents, local politicians and friends to pay tribute to this great borough.”
Colin Adams MBE, Chair of the Hate Crime Forum and Director of Brickworks Community Centre said: “Our Brickworks dancers, singers and poets are still buzzing after the event – the feedback has been fantastic. It showed how brilliantly diverse we are in Islington and how we can put on a great show – thank you to the council and Arsenal Foundation for funding it and all our community groups for delivering it!”
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