The Langdon Park Festival
This year marks the third Langdon Park Festival! We spoke to Rujina, a Community and Partnerships Officer at the Teviot Centre about it’s history and the coming 2018 festival in July.
For many years now The Teviot Partnership has organised Teviot Festival, but in 2016 the partnership decided to make a change and run a bigger festival so that the connecting estates could be a stronger community together.
Langdon Park was the perfect location for this! Many partners were involved as we wanted to have a variety of services to encourage the wider community to be part of this event.
Around 20 Local groups and organisations from across the estates are involved in the planning. Aberfeldy Big Local, Teviot Partnership, Poplar HARCA and Tower Hamlets funded the first event which cost around £8,000.
The theme was ‘having fun’!
We wanted to encourage residents to be involved or just come along to the event to create enjoyable moments, and from there it became an overwhelming success! Attracting over 1000 people, the park was split into areas of under 5s play, an elders tea tent, young people performing physical activities, inflatables, food and information areas. There really was something for everyone to do.
It was, and is, an opportunity for residents to be involved in activities that they wouldn’t do in everyday life in a safe and friendly environment. The event bought both young and older generations and multi-cultural backgrounds together to build relationships and make friends.
From the success of 2016 festival we continued to do another festival in 2017 and the committee is currently planning the third year for July.
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