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What’s on: Africa Day celebration comes to Walworth in September

Walworth’s Kaleidoscope Festival is putting on a special Africa Day celebration at St Peter’s Church next month.

Held on Saturday, September 11, and run by local volunteers, the event will see St Peter’s Church grounds transformed with a free community event for all the family from midday until 5pm, including stalls; bric-a-brac; a tombola; live African music and dance; free kids activities; African and Caribbean food; performances; face painting; art workshops and heritage talks; DJs and world music and a model railway.

Kaleidoscope was set up in 2019 by residents to celebrate the diversity of Walworth and Aylesbury estate.

Africa Day is being held with St Peter’s Walworth and Notting Hill Genesis.

Festival chair, Lorraine Gilbert, said: “We are excited to welcome Aylesbury residents and people from the wider Walworth area to what is going to be an exciting, fun packed community-led event. 

“A celebration like this is a great opportunity to recognise the rich diversity of the local area and the very fabric of the local community, particularly given the challenges of the last eighteen months.”

Mother Delorine, from St Peter’s, said of the event: “This is an amazing opportunity for St Peter’s to collaborate with Kaleidoscope at this community event.

“It brings together the best of partnerships, within Walworth to ensure the community is at the heart of things. After a year and a half of a pandemic, we have a time to come together and celebrate the good things in our community. 

“Africa Day will also see the opening of the Labyrinth, at the back of the churchyard, seeing the culmination of the Church and Southwark Council, and the Walworth Society along with the company Hobarts Paving Limited in restoring and providing a space where the community can come to sit and reflect on life. It’s great we can also open and share this on Africa Day.”


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