So, I blogged a LOT about the (then) upcoming Brook Street carnival. It was something that, on paper, seemed like a thoroughly amazing idea – revive a community and allow the residents to experience live music and dance troupes that they may not be able to access otherwise. But we all know that in reality these events tends to be poorly supported and a damp squib. Not in this case.
IT WAS AWESOME!
The community came out, en masse, in support of what is proving to be a real up and coming event. Each of the three stages ran independently, with the change over in acts seemless. The planning must have been an absolute nightmare, yet the stewards remained the most helpful, happy bunch of people.
There was something for everyone – a fancy dress parade, children’s entertainment, Chinese dragon, music and dancing. And yes, it was FREE! There were also stalls, games and food.
Everyone was in real party mode and the police presence was just in a liaison capacity, a great way to forge positive relationships with the local populace; the fire engine seemed to be a huge hit with the next generation of fire fighters too. It was just a fantastic, friendly atmosphere.
Amongst all the fabulous live acts, two really caught my eye: the urban act Click 22 and the smooth sounding Indio’s Dream
– both local AND original talents – and whilst I could spend all day waxing lyrical about how much I truly enjoyed the festival and want to attend next year, I shall leave you with this beautiful video which really gives you the spirit of the event.