With funding from Arts Council England Northwood Community Arts (www.northwoodcommunityarts.co.uk) has been able to commission ArtReach to develop an innovative programme of three World Arts Fairs, bringing a range of extraordinary artists and art to local venues in Northwood town centre (London Borough of Hillingdon).
The second weekend, taking place at the end of February, saw 80 people taking participating in samba dance and drumming workshops, and many more experiencing craft workshops with Momtaz Begum-Hossain, puppetry with Indigo Moon, and painting with Ali Agayev. The programme completed with a fantastic kora concert from Surra Susso.
The next World Arts Fair event is on 1 and 2 May with artists lined up including Bhajan Hunjan, Ling Peng , Harish Mandalia and Muha. It is hoped that the enthusiastic support developed through the programme will enable the project to establish a new, regular samba troupe for Northwood.