Cultural festival celebrates the best of Brent’s new and emerging communities

30 January 2020

A kaleidoscope of colours and culture greeted more than 400 visitors to the Together in Brent Winter Festival, as the borough celebrated its Eastern European and Latin American communities on Saturday 25 January.

The event, held at the Brent Civic Centre, shone a light on some of Brent’s new and emerging communities while bringing people together from across the borough.

Cultural activities included traditional folk dancing, singing and costumes while exhibits from places as diverse as Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Brazil, Columbia and Peru helped visitors learn more about the history and traditions of their cultures.

There were also speeches by representatives from the Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian and Brazilian communities, and from Casa do Brasil and Latin American House. Meanwhile, information stalls provided advice aimed at helping people to settle, integrate and thrive in both Brent and the UK.

Mayor of Brent, Councillor Ernest Ezeajughi, said: “Brent is the most diverse borough within one the most diverse cities in the world. Each community makes its own unique contribution towards Brent being a great place to live. So it was an absolute delight to see so many cultures coming together, all under one roof, for this very special celebration.”   

The event was paid for by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s New and Emerging Communities Programme, which aims to empower new and emerging communities to realise their potential and contribute to a stronger and more prosperous borough where everyone feels valued.