Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Croydon Summer Festival World Party

21 July 2006

On Saturday we were at the Croydon Summer Festival World Party – a super free festival in Lloyd Park, Croydon which we first discovered three years ago. Three stages, plenty of exotic food and drink, fairground, flags and sunshine – and some great music from Nigeria, Spain, China, Senegal, Romania and Croydon! (They always showcase the winners of the local unsigned bands contest – who invariably bring a big crowd of supporters and often make a point of thanking their school music teacher.) The main attraction for me was Ojos De Brujo – the flamenco hip-hop collective from Barcelona – exciting stuff! But I also enjoyed some of the performances on the small ‘almost acoustic’ stage – particularly Chi-2 – two Chinese violinists weaving haunting melodies over electronic beats provided by Oivind from Norway and his laptop!

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