Colors Festival brings carnival spirit to Wembley

Crowds packed out Wembley Park for the spectacular Colors Festival of Fire and Light on Saturday 28 October.

The event brought together two very different traditions - Guy Fawkes Night, and Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, in an explosion of colours and lights - writes

Singer songwriter Arjun opened the event, which also included a night carnival, spectacular lit floats and lots of community participation, in the shadow of the Wembley arch.

At the heart of the evening's programme was the Carnival of Lights, featuring local carnival heroes Mahogany, who dressed members of Brent's communities in fire-inspired costumes, and thirty Bollywood dancers lit by glowing umbrellas created by Cirque Bijou.

The impressive finale show involved an aerial display by Mobille Homme from Transe Express, collaborating with 25 dhol drummers.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:

"As we saw this weekend, Brent is always brimming with fantastic music, dance, costumes and theatre. We already knew our borough had so much to offer but this was an opportunity to showcase this on a grand stage and show why we will be a worthy winner of London Borough of Culture.

"This bid is about bringing people and communities together. People are truly enjoying the experience and I urge you to get behind our bid and make Brent a place for everyone to be proud of."

You can find out more about Brent's bid for London Borough of Culture 2020 and pledge your support at As part of the bid, residents have the chance to win two tickets to the MTV EMAs on Sunday 12 November. All you need to do is take a photo or short video celebrating your favourite Brent cultural space, event or artist/performer, and Tweet it mentioning #mylocalculture and #backbrentsbid

Wembley Park Fireworks 2017

Enjoyed the festival, or missed out on attending? All residents are invited to attend the Wembley Park Fireworks celebration next Saturday 4 November. This free event will include street entertainment from a number of performers and great street food, finished by an exciting fireworks display.

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