The Salamat Festival 2019
Several UK Afro-Heritage Diaspora communities enjoyed their first Afro-Salamat Festival that was held in the UK. It was an open-air free event which took place in central London in the cosy Bay20 garden park in Ladbroke Grove.
The new festival involved a collection of organisations/charities based around London (Westminster/ RBKC) who collaborated to facilitate an African Cultural Awareness and day of Celebration.
The festival included Live traditional Music, Art, Traditional Dancing and fashion show (performed by children) a live scene from Sudanese wedding and various traditional food available. We created a mini African Village right there in Central London!
There were a variety of beautifully decorated Gazibos around the garden park showcasing paraphernalia from the Horn of Africa and a majority of both the facilitators and the attendees wore their traditional attire.
The main featured African nations in attendance and participation included Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia Sudan South Sudan and Morocco.
The all-day event took place in Kensington & Chelsea in North London on Saturday July 20th 2019. It was attended by 5-700 people including five local Councillors, a local MP and the Deputy Mayor of RBKC.
We are looking forward to Salamat Festival 2020
The Afro- Salamat Festival 2019
A WORD OF THANKS & APPRECIATION
The Salamat Festival started off as a dream for an individual before it was shared with a small group and then the group becoming bigger and bigger. It became a reality when more and more people became involved sharing the same mind and vision. And that vision was to project our various beautiful cultures/traditions to everyone.
The Salamat Festival would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of the following organisations and individuals:
Marie Monaghan (West Way Trust)
Gary (Westway Trust)
Kensington & Chelsea Council
Councillor Mohamed Bakhtair (RBKC)
Councillor Portia Thaxter (RBKC)
Mona Isaaq and her organisation (Shaman PR) Mohamed Elamin Elyas ( ISCIA )
Tony Joseph (Security)
Mona Ali and Asmahan Nouman (Team Eritrea) ....and The Children from the Eritrean Community
Hanan Huda and Nadia from (Team Morocco)
Osmans and his band Scorpion (they did not play but Osmans supports was amazing)
Intisar and the Children’s Dance Group from the Sudanese Saturday School and their parents
Hasabseeda Badri and her Jirtiq Group Ikram Ali (Jahlia) The MC for the event Omema Eltayeb
Nigel (Urban Youth Flex)
Mohamed Elfatih (Jahlia)
Mohsen and ID Sudan
Mohamed Elfatih Ahmed and Omar Sidahmed Adila Badri and Ustaz Ahmed Badri (el Afhad) Ashraf Khalifa The MC for the event
The Nubian Association of UK
Mubarak and Intisar from Tuti
Zainab Nur (alHayaat)
Veinous (Wings of Hope)
Mariam (she represented Somali Culture) Abdelkarim and his sons (Sound Engineer)
A special mention for Marie the manager of the Westway Bay20 and Gary...they were very patient with some of our people and they worked very hard from early morning to late in the night to ensure things ran as smooth as possible.... May God Bless them.
The Salamat Festival did not go according to plan at times during the day but overall (adverse weather in the morning and some technical sound difficulties ), we achieved our goal which was to showcase the beauty of the traditions and to make the majority of the people who attended happy educated appreciating our cultures a little more and wanting to support us again next year.
In Sha Allah we will be working very hard to do that bigger and better. God Bless You All and Salam
Manni Abdel Karim Ibrahim