One of London’s notable Black culture community festivals is returning for a Windrush 75 celebration weekend. Running for its 6th year, Radiate Festival takes up space in its current home & cultural hotspot of Burgess Park for a full weekend programme.
Last year moving closer to London’s centre, the South London location of Burgess Park was chosen to pay homage to the history of Black 90s festivals & ‘All Dayer’ culture in Southwark & Lambeth.
The festival highlights the rich diversity which has shaped London into becoming a vibrating cultural melting pot of music, dance, food, fashion & arts.
From young to old, big to small, this much-loved independent festival has truly created a playground for all. With its strapline from ‘Granny right through to baby’ it knows how to create spaces that appeal to all ages.
Event-goers can look forward to a weekend with something for everyone. Here’s a peek into what’s on this year.
Art enthusiasts will get their fill with an artsy display of Caribbean words & phrases along the Lingo Wall, an eye full of giant 20ft x 10ft murals. As an official 2nd-year launch partner, there will also be a 75-piece photographic exhibition from the Getty Images Black Heritage Collection where eventgoers can walk through a gallery of curated themes from Windrush arrival, Caribbean families, resistance & joy.
Music lovers can enjoy live music from artists across the 2 days taking to the stage will be notable artists including Reggae icon from Jamaica Richie Spice, Caribbean British fusion songstress Misha B & Trinidad & Tobago Kaiso Soca royalty Terri Lyons.
Popup Party The street sound systems are in full effect with the basslines, waistlines and melodies celebrating great Black & Caribbean music from across the decades to get those shoulders shaking.
Fashionistas & the style brigade will be upfront with the makers & creators in a pop-up runway fashion show with designer talks
Flag Parade with masqueraders will create a pinnacle moment with bright vibrant feather-filled costumes
Foodies are not forgotten and will get their tummies satisfied with the pickings from a curated selection of Caribbean & World food cuisine
Elders have their very own space this year to socialise and spend time with friends, maybe slap some Caribbean-style dominoes & have a cuppa with the MET in the Community space
Younger Ones will be occupied too with their own play space for the little tots & a youth jam for the cool teens!
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