On Wednesday, 21 June 2023, West Hendon Arts and Culture Society (WHACS) will be hosting a Summer Solstice Festival. This vibrant community event will take place on Damsel Walk off West Hendon Broadway (by Co-op) from 3pm to 8pm.

The Summer Solstice Festival will celebrate the diversity and community in West Hendon through a mix of both local and professional music, talented dance performances, fragrant food, and fun-filled children’s games and entertainment. This activity-packed event will have something for everyone, both big and small.

The Summer Solstice Festival is just one of the activities being delivered this year by WHACS, a local community organisation working to bring the diverse national, religious, cultural, and other communities living in the area together at events and activities.

The atmosphere will be filled with vivacious voices and spirited sounds from the festival stage.  The programme will feature music spanning the genres including vintage sounds from the 1940s and beyond, soulful ballads and folk songs, 80s hits, jazz, rock and reggae, plus African drumming and Indian classical music.

The festival market will feature tastes from around the world, with vendors offering authentic Caribbean and Indian street food, plus delicious burgers and loaded chips, scrumptious cakes and sweet treats. Family activities will abound, with a Summer Solstice themed art workshop, Chinese storytelling, fun-filled games, face painting, balloon modelling and more.

The event will also feature in the London Festival of Architecture programme for 2023, the theme of which is ‘In Common’. This month-long celebration of architecture and city-making aims to open up discussions around architecture, environment and city spaces. The Summer Solstice Festival will include an Architecture and Design workshop led by Middlesex University.

Naomi Stanford, a WHACS member, said: “I hope to see both new and familiar faces at the Festival in June. We look forward to a great day out with friends, family and neighbours. We encourage local residents to get involved in local events and activities and welcome new ideas to make West Hendon a better place to live and work. The Summer Solstice Festival promises to be a fun-packed day.”

For more information please contact Osita Udenson on 07875 588 107 or udenson@btinternet.com.