The hugely popular Queen’s Park Summer Festival is taking place on Saturday 2nd August, from 12-6pm, in Queen’s Park Gardens, Ilbert Street. This long standing community event is now in its eleventh year and brings together residents and key local partners to deliver a free community event that is well attended by the cross section of the local community.
The main stage will host a showcase of local talent and professional acts ranging from live music and poetry to rap and dance. The main stage is hosted by the new Community Council and their volunteers who work with local young people to manage the stage, host the showcase and recruit talent from the area. Auditions will be held to identify acts and support them in the run up to the event. Some paid professional acts also perform to reflect the diverse nature of the Queen’s Park community. The natural amphitheatre in which the show takes place makes this a beautiful venue.
In the playground area there will be face painters, entertainers and fun activities for supervised children with QP Library offering arts and crafts and QP Children’s Centre also having a stall. Westminster Sports Unit will be running a range of village fete type games such as egg tossing, beat the goalie, football skills, relay races, soft javelin throwing and a table tennis competition.
Elsewhere in the park a dedicated Wellbeing Zone will be hosted by the Community Champion volunteers and packed with treats including pedal powered smoothies, taster sessions of local affordable physical activities, and sporting activities from Active Westminster, massage, recycling and food growing stalls. The older people’s area run by Open Age and City West Homes will provide the perfect place for elderly visitors to find a moment of calm amongst the sea of exhibitions and competitions with afternoon tea and entertainment.
This year the coordinators have decided to offer an even more musically diverse setting by introducing the first ever live acoustic zone which will showcase a wider range of professional and up-and-coming talent, many of whom are award winning singers and songwriters, this is in partnership with Maida Hill. The event is part-funded by the Councillors’ Ward Budget.