This Feast we will be marking Black History Month with African drumming workshops by One Drum, poetry and spoken word by Uncle Errol (the supreme compere of Wingit) and the Poetry Slabs and a talk by a Black History historian Dr Angelina Osborne, entitled They Also Served in which she describes the contribution of African and Caribbean people in the Great War. We will also be hosting a dog show in conjunction with The London Animal Hospital in Camberwell!
Check back closer to the time for more details on the day’s events!
West Norwood Feast is a community event built around 100 market stalls over five sites along the high street. It is run almost entirely by local volunteers who book the stalls and organise a full programme of free children’s activities and live entertainment. It is a farmer’s market, a craft fair, a flea market and a street food hub all rolled into one, yet the goal has always been to provide an experience that was wider than that.
Each monthly Feast is themed by volunteers who organise free community engaging events in addition to the core market activity. These range from talks on Caribbean cuisine for Black History month, a fashion show showcasing local talent and retail, art trails up and down the high street, to a Sports Feast that featured all the local organisations that promote active lifestyles. Added to this, volunteers organise a full schedule of entertainment at each Feast (from brass bands to live DJs), an open mic performance space for young people and plenty of fun and creative children’s activities (from sports days to mural making).
Feast has approximately 40 regular volunteers, plus more occasional supporters, employs a part time coordinator and was self-sustaining within three years of operation. There is nothing else like West Norwood Feast!
“The area’s crowning achievement, and a testament to the community spirit in the neighbourhood, is the West Norwood Feast. This hugely popular event held on the first Sunday of the month, from April through to December, is more than just another street market.”Anthea Masey