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LOVE Slough – Big Weekender Review

The first big week of LOVE Slough was a hit with the community. Two days of festival activities across Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March saw hundreds of Slough residents and community members joining in.

Kicking off the weekend was Stevoss’s Love Music Love Slough, a 7-hour long music festival celebrating the diversity of Slough’s musical talent. Everything from Polish hip-hop, Dhol drummers and beautiful singer-songwriters.

We were joined by The Mayor of Slough, Councillor Mohammed Nazir who attended a number of performances across the Saturday to celebrate the festival, meeting the artists and audiences alike.

Grove Camp exhibition launched with former residents of the camp reunited again. Curator Maria Creech along with members of Młody Las/Lesna Polana launched the exhibition with speeches and some traditional Polish singing. A poignant look at life living in resettlement camps, the exhibition is open until 19 April at the Curve Gallery.

Slough’s Mini Mela saw three sold out workshops exploring Bollywood dancing, Tabla drumming and Indian vocal work, before an evening performance with celebrated musicians. Raising the roof of The Curve’s Venue and bringing a mix of traditional Indian music and contemporary interpretations, Slough Mini Mela was a hoot for all involved.

Over at Upton Lea Community Centre, Kecak – Stories from the Ramayana saw over 20 performers dancing the Monkey Dance from the island of Bali, Indonesia. An inspiring opportunity for Slough residents to experience.

Meanwhile Sunday saw us celebrating International Day of Happiness with HAPPY SPACE – Slough’s Feel-Good Festival. Over 400 people came to spread some happiness through crafty activities, workshops, VR experience, graffiti work and laughing yoga.

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