On Saturday, 2 October 2021 Wealdstone Traders Association hosted the Wealdstone Conversations Cultural Music Day. This vibrant community event took place from 12pm-4pm in Wealdstone Square. Despite a very wet day, the event provided fun for all, whilst showing the opportunities for bringing the Square to life with activities and providing an opportunity for community dialogue as part of the Wealdstone Conversations project.

The Wealdstone Conversations, supported by Harrow Council, project has been engaging the views and opinions of Wealdstone’s diverse communities about both opportunities and issues of concern in the town and its public spaces. These discussions will help inform a funding application to the Greater London Authority High Streets For All Challenge Fund.

The Cultural Music Day animated Wealdstone Square with a fantastic mix of local and professional performers. The event’s on-stage programme included exciting drum rhythms from Dhol2Dhol, soulful Afrofunk hits and jazz from Lagos Afrofunk Collective, vintage pop songs of the 1940s from the glamourous London Belles and bohofolk music from talented singer-songwriter PandorasDiary. Bearfoot Dance students performed gorgeous ballet, while Karan’s Bollywood Masterclass showed its expert fusion of East meets West choreography.

Offstage, local children enjoyed the chance to make and create at the Art Workshop and balloon modelling artists brought smiles to many faces with their colourful creations. The African Drumming Workshop introduced those of all ages to drumming, adding to the day’s musical theme.

Unhar Gupta, Chair of Wealdstone Traders Association, said: “The Wealdstone Conversations Cultural Music Day showed the possibilities for exciting community events in Wealdstone Square. We look forward to working further with local residents, businesses and others who are interested in Wealdstone’s future.”

The Wealdstone Conversations Cultural Music Day was curated by Udenson Caldbeck Associates.