This Saturday’s Albert Square Summer Fair still not enough for you? On Sunday there are TWO local events… the Kennington Association Summer Fete in Cleaver Square 12.30-4pm and Portugese Day in Kennington Park which runs from 11am until the evening – you could even do both! (there’s a good list of local events here from local blogger ‘Lurking about SE11’
[taken from Lambeth Life]
Every year the borough’s Portuguese community comes together and invites the rest of London to join them for a Portugal Day festival. The festival is a chance for the largest Portuguese community outside of Portugal to get together and celebrate together.
Lambeth is now home to a Portuguese community of around 27,000 people and that means each Portugal Day the borough is at the centre of celebrations in the UK. Rui Simoes is part of the team organising this year’s festival and he said the event will be a chance for Londoners to sample some genuine Portuguese culture. “We have a lot of cultural events on the day,” said Rui. “There will be music and dance with Portuguese bands and performers. There is also gastronomy from Portugal so people can try the typical food and drink.”
The day is not just for Lambeth’s Portuguese community and Rui is hoping to attract people from across London so they can get a taste of Portugal and its culture. However he admits that Lambeth’s Portugal Day celebrations will mean more to those who have a connection with the country. “One of the main things for the festival is that it is for people who are living a long way from their home,” said Rui. “It’s a real family event and a chance to celebrate Portugal Day. It is not just people from Portugal who celebrate – we get people from former colonies like Mozambique and Angola who also want to take part. “But of course for people who do not have a connection to Portugal it will still be an enjoyable day with lots to do.”
Portugal Day takes place at Kennington Park on Sunday 13 June from 11am with events going on into the early evening.