Week-long culture festival will ‘celebrate local diversity’

New programme of events at newly-reopened Dugdale Arts Centre launches on Tuesday

Olga Thompson is one of the performers at Enfield Culture Festival
Olga Thompson is one of the performers at Enfield Culture Festival

A new week-long culture festival is launching in Enfield to celebrate “the diversity and joy of the borough’s artistic scene”.

From Cyprus to the Caribbean, live jazz to LGBTQ+ nightlife, Enfield Culture Festival includes a wide range of events to celebrate the many varied communities and people that call the borough home.

The festival starts on Tuesday, 28th February and will take place at Enfield Council’s flagship arts hub, Dugdale Arts Centre, which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment.

Enfield Culture Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England with a £26,900 grant. It will feature performers, singers and special guests, including a club inspired by LGBTQ+ nightlife and dance culture, a Caribbean tea dance for movers and shakers, comedy from Greek goddess Soulla and friends, a children’s jamming session, and more.

Chinelo Anyanwu, the council’s cabinet member for culture, open spaces and local economy, said: “The opening of the Dugdale Arts Centre was a tremendous success and it’s now time to celebrate everything Enfield has to offer by showcasing local creative talent in all of its glory. If you have yet to visit, why not take a look at our exciting programme of events that are designed to delight, inspire and entertain.”

The Enfield Culture Festival programme includes:

  • Jazz Jamaica: Gary Crosby OBE leads a big double header of Caribbean music, Simmer Down with Steppin’ Over quartet and Guava.
  • Queer Bruk Heads North: an inclusive club night that aims to bring Afro-Caribbean music to the LGBTQ+ nightlife scene
  • A Night of Cypriot Comedy with Soulla & Friends
  • Ghana Fest takeover
  • YolanDa’s Band Jam: YolanDa’s Band Jam is the critically-acclaimed CBeebies children’s TV show presented by award-winning musician and broadcaster YolanDa Brown
  • Reggae Choir: the UK’s number one Reggae ensemble, presenting a medley of beloved reggae classics
  • Local Headz: Bellah: Enfield born and raised R&B artist Bellah talks about her musical journey and gives advice for young people inspired by the industry

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