Thornton Heath Festival 2015

Thornton Heath Festival 2015 will be an awesome spectacle of rhythmic sounds, splashes of colour, sizzling songs and global dance.

Do not miss out on this fun-filled spectacular starting at noon on 6 September on Thornton Heath’s High Street!

Rhythmic sounds will be provided in the form of thunderous Japanese Taiko Drums played at one end of Thornton Heath High Street at the start of the Festival by Tamashii Taiko, a drumming troupe.   At the same time the calypso beats of the Caribbean will ring out on steel drums played at the opposite end of the High Street by Endurance Steel Orchestra.   Revellers can take their pick or move between the two to enjoy a bit of both!

Splashes of colour will come in abundance from Flagz Mas Band of Notting Hill Carnival fame, bedecked in full carnival regalia and brought to life by pumped up by Samba beats.  Colour will also come from local Thornton Heath arts projects that have made an amazing array of large scale processional displays such as moving peacocks and a replica of Thornton Heath’s Clock Tower.  There will be an African dimension in the form of Djembe Drummers too and a Slavic one with carnival participants in traditional Folk dress – not to mention a pipe band in Scottish tartan.

Sizzling songs will be performed live on stage by a variety of artists covering a range of genres.  There will be Soca performed by Triniboi Joocie, reggae by artists like Dan-I, Eccleton Jarrett, Suzie Jay and Dillon Wyte.  Not to mention R&B by Kimberley SK and Felicity Triner – and ballads sung by Shanai Williams accompanied by Suzanne Jellow  on guitar, and by Yohanah Abraham.

Dance will be delivered live on stage with artists ‘throwing shapes’ from across the Globe.  Belly dancing will be showcased by Hipsinc – and modern dance demonstrated by Perfect Circle and Aim High Academy.  Asian dance will be shared by the Tamil Cultural Dancers and Salsa dancing by Salsa Naturally.  Slavic dance will feature too in the form of Slav-yaa-nee and we are hopeful that Street Dance crew, Scariofunk Collective, will also give a performance.

Furthermore there will be great fairground rides for the children – with a few suitable for adults too!  There will also be a variety of stalls such as arts & crafts and face painting, not least a diverse range of food and drink.

So if you like Japanese Taiko Drummers, steel bands, splashes of bright colours in carnival costumes brought to life by pumped up by Samba beats, live songs, live stage dance routines, fairground rides and a wide variety of food and other stalls – come to Thornton Heath Festival 2015!

The Festival will be formally opened at noon on Sunday 6 September by the Mayor of Croydon on Thornton Heath High Street.

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