The Waterloo Carnival is an annual summer intergenerational event, aiming to build community, encourage creativity, include those who are more isolated (elderly and those out of work or education), and bring positive engagement in the local community. The 2017 event takes place on Friday 14th July.
It comprises of a fantastic carnival procession that moves down Lower Marsh, along to Lambeth North tube, and back up Baylis Road, ending in a finale performance on the Waterloo Millennium Green. Running up to the event, The Friends of Waterloo Carnival aim to have a programme of workshops and activities that build engagement and profile of the carnival. The procession engages at least 500 performers, including all children from Oasis Academy Johanna, students from other local primary and secondary schools, local residents, and other local community groups including more senior members of the local community.
To encourage the local performers, the organisers partner with Mandinga Arts, a carnival company that provide them with professional carnival performers, artists, and fantastic costumes, as well as with London School of Samba who provide adult and children’s samba bands, to bring real flair to the event. This year, they anticipate an audience for the event of around 700-1000, as well as include a broad range of people in the programme prior to the day itself.
This year, the Friends are looking to raise £3000 in sponsorship and fundraising, to ensure they can go ahead with the event. If you are a local business or individual who would like to donate to the carnival, please contact:
Felicity Maries (Community Manager for Oasis Hub Waterloo)
Project Manager – Waterloo Carnival