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.

Read more news of London on our site.

ColorsFestival Brent
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
3 views in october
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Nearly 150 County of Lambton paramedics are no longer responding to non-emergency calls amid ongoing negotiations for a new contract. Job action as of last Saturday means Lambton County paramedics won’t be doing non-urgent transfers between hospitals for the next while, or keeping ambulance stations as neat and tidy, a union spokesperson says. Nearly 150 Lambton Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics represented by SEIU Healthcare Local 1 stopped resp...
Clapham Junction has been named London’s worst mainline train station for disruption in a survey by leading consumer title Which? Fifty-seven per cent of trains have been late or cancelled at the south London interchange since the beginning of the year, their research found. Their study found King’s Cross was the second worst, with 51 per cent of trains delayed or cancelled, followed by Victoria (47 per cent), Stratford (44 per cent) and London Bridge (44...
Tube drivers on the Piccadilly Line are set to hold fresh 24-hour strike action in a row over staffing and working conditions. The RMT Union has urged members to walk out at 12:00 BST on 7 November until noon the following day - writes The union's general secretary Mick Cash said it had become "frustrated" with Tube bosses' handling of a "full raft of issues". Transport for London (TfL) said it was "disappointed" with the new strike. Drivers on the...
The Tate and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are calling for a premium to fund arts classes in England's schools. The major arts institutions say league tables and pressures on time and budgets are squeezing out important creative subjects - writes Six thousand 11 to 18-year-olds have described how the subjects help build their confidence, in new research. The government says it is investing almost £500m in arts and music. Creative subjects hav...
Five teenagers have been jailed for fatally stabbing a man in an unprovoked attack as he returned home from an appointment with his pregnant partner. Daniel Frederick, 34, was knifed repeatedly by the group just yards from his home in Stoke Newington, Hackney. Three teenagers were convicted of murdering Mr Frederick while another two were found guilty of manslaughter. They were jailed at the Old Bailey for a combined total of at least 64 years. Judge Phili...
Work at a building site near London's Olympic Park has stopped after complaints about "horrendous" smells. Nearby Mossbourne Academy said its students felt sick and local residents spoke of headaches because of smells coming from the site in Hackney Wick. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) told Telford Homes to stop work last month until a new plan to "manage the site" was approved. The LLDC and Telford Homes claimed there was no health risk....
Ten of Britain's busiest railway stations have seen over half of all train services delayed by a minute or more this year, research has revealed - writes Manchester Oxford Road had the least punctual services, with 68% delayed. Data analysis by consumer group Which? found York, Gatwick Airport and Birmingham New Street also saw less than 40% of trains arrive on time. The group said even small delays could have "a knock-on effect" on passengers' abi...
Two more east London schools have closed because of an infestation of false widow spiders. John F Kennedy Special School, which has campuses in Stratford and Beckton, and Godwin Junior School, in Forest Gate, announced they would close. False widows are about the size of a 50p coin and are the most dangerous spider species in the UK. Four secondary schools and four primary schools, all in Newham, have closed for various amounts of time. Thousands of childr...
London Abused Women’s Centre says an anti-sex-trafficking online ad campaign that drew scores of calls for help from women and girls was so successful, it's already planning another. London Abused Women’s Centre says an anti-sex-trafficking online ad campaign that drew scores of calls for help from women and girls was so successful, it’s already planning another. The online ads, targeting both possible trafficking victims and sex buyers, appeared or were v...