Monday 5th October 2015

Inspired by the diverse and active community groups, in late September the Woolwich Carnival returned to Greenwich to celebrate local culture in the community. 

With this year’s theme being ‘feeling good’, the carnival consisted of a parade, costumes, live music, dance, community stalls, food and crafts, steel drums and plenty of good vibes proving a great way to bring neighbouring communities together for a day of collective festivities.

Around 30 young people from the Woolwich Common Youth Hub as part of Young Greenwich led the carnival parade with non-stop dancing throughout the streets of Woolwich followed by an energetic performance on stage.

Organised, led and run by local community members and groups, the carnival involved all, as everyone contributed in their own way. This too included the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) Young Leaders Programme as they assisted in preparation and involvement on the day.

“I’ve been very impressed with how dedicated the young people were, both on the day and in the weeks leading up to it”, said one of the youth workers involved on the day.

“Preparations involved rehearsals, costume making, media and design so it challenged their skills as leaders, organisers and artists and took them out of their comfort zone.

“They all understood it was an opportunity for them to shine and make the most of it, which they certainly did.”