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London gets ready for Saturday's Africa on the Square

FUN TIMES: The joyful atmosphere on offer is a big draw for many

LONDON’S MAYOR Sadiq Khan said he is looking forward to welcoming 'Voice' readers to one of the UK’s largest celebrations of African culture.

The Africa on the Square festival is set to take place in London’s Trafalgar Square this Saturday (October 14) and will draw a crowd of thousands from across the capital.

The event will highlight the positive influence that the African community has had on London and the UK in general. Africa on the Square will feature a range of activities highlighting communities and traditions from across the continent.

Entertainment on the day will include live music, DJs, dancing and a talent show plus an African market, food stalls, fashion show and and a range of fun activities for kids.

In a special message to Voice readers Mayor Khan said that the African community had played an important role in contributing to the diversity and multiculturalism that London is known for. He said:

“During October I look forward to joining Londoners from all backgrounds at a variety of events across the city to pay tribute to our African and African Caribbean communities and all they have done to add to the life of the capital, helping to make it one of the most vibrant places on the planet.

“At Africa on the Square, a highlight in the capital’s cultural calendar, Londoners from all backgrounds and visitors to the city will celebrate the best of African culture and creativity.”

The mayor also said the event was a key part of the city’s efforts to celebrate Black History Month.

“This year marks the 69th anniversary of arrival of the SS Empire Windrush to the UK,” Khan added.

“Britain and the world owes a huge debt to the African and Caribbean servicemen and women who fought alongside British troops during the First and Second World Wars. Earlier this year, I was proud to be present during the unveiling of the UK’s first war memorial for African and Caribbean soldiers at Windrush Square in Brixton. These brave individuals, who came from what was the British Empire, sacrificed an enormous amount to defend the freedoms we enjoy today. This is not simply a ‘black story’, it is a British and a London story.”

He continued:

“I believe that it is important for us all to learn about this history, and with exhibitions, events and community celebrations across the capital, Black History Month is the perfect time to do so.

“I want to tell everyone around the world, loud and clear, that London is open to people of all backgrounds.

“I wish The Voice readers a very special Black History Month.”

For more information on Africa on the Square, click here.

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