Festival fever took over as the local community enjoyed an evening of summer fun at Kensington and Chelsea College.
Guests danced and chatted the night away as the college’s Wornington Centre was transformed into a festival playground packed with live music and dancers, all set to the backdrop of a stunning visual arts show.
Breaking last year’s record, more than 300 people enjoyed taking part in activities, browsing stalls and viewing three floors of student art work.
The lively free festival opened with a stunning African dance performed to the beats of traditional African drums. Several other dances were also performed throughout the night, each ending to the sounds of rapturous applause.
Dream Chasers, the college band were among those providing the musical entertainment and had the crowds on their feet for most of the night.
Jason Taylor, a festival guest from Wimbledon, said: “It’s nice to see some original dance and music performances as opposed to cover songs and urban street dance, which seems to be dominating entertainment shows today. What I saw at the college was pure talent and a joy to watch. People seemed to be enjoying the originality of it all, especially those who had never seen African dance before.”
In addition to the performances, the activity packed festival included painting, plumbing and construction stands offering DIY tips. College construction tutors also set a fun brick-laying challenge inviting guests to build their own wall after being given instructions.
Tips were also on hand for those in need of a mini-make-over. The college’s Hair and Beauty Department staged a live demo which revealed the secrets to creating a glamorous new look.
Children also got a fun-make-over in the shape of face-painting sessions, while more adventurous guests took on the stamina testing climbing wall.
The community spirited festival also encouraged people to get in touch with their creative side by making their own unique mark on a graffiti wall developed specially for the event.
Armed with paint, it wasn’t long before the graffiti wall was transformed into a rainbow of colours and distinctive designs.
There was also plenty of shopping fun to be had, as guests snapped up local arts and crafts from a range of stalls.
Many local organisations, including the Library Service and Leisure Centre, also had stands offering free information and advice about local services.
Jozell Vernall, Outreach and Engagement Manager at Kensington and Chelsea College said: “The event was an overwhelming success. Whether it was enjoying the barbeque, viewing the art exhibition or just browsing through the stalls, people weren’t short of entertainment. The dancers and college band were also a big hit. It just goes to show, you don’t have to go far to find talented entertainers or a great night out! The college has a lot to offer and what people saw at the festival was just the beginning!”
To view festival footage on You Tube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNUn7jVSvhU&NR=1
Date published: 8 July 2010