At the beginning of next month, Praxis Community Projects is inviting people to celebrate the cultural richness of East London’s new residents: one great community with many roots.
The New Voices Festival kicks off on Friday 9 July 2010 at 7.00pm in St John's Anglican Church on Bethnal Green, just across the road from the underground station.
The headliners are Malaika, the Gospel choir at Bethnal Green Meeting House (United Reformed Church), who also perform a mix of world music and classical pieces.
It will be a high quality free concert with performances from Burundi drummers, Sudanese poets accompanied by an Oudh player, and soloists Masashi, Erika and Keita.
The New Voices Festival on Saturday 10 July, from 12-6pm, takes place in Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, opposite St John's. It includes more live music (Klesmer, Savannah Soul, and Hip Hop and dub duo Poetic Pilgrimage), dancers, choirs, carnival troupes and beats from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. There will be a children’s area with crafts and activities led by the Museum of Childhood, stalls, and theatre performances by arts group Kazzum and Chilean theatre group Los Comediantes. Food is being provided by Brochette Corner Cafe.
The Festival is also a chance to learn about Praxis, working in London with new communities, celebrating diversity and offering support services.