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31st July 2017
With the development of LCR’s Leake Street Arches project well underway in Waterloo, the team continue to support links with the local community. The refurbishment of the arches and vaults beneath the former Eurostar terminal will ensure the growth of a creative hub celebrating urban art, food and music live from the banks of the Thames. This will complement the adjoining graffiti tunnel and will spearhead the area’s regeneration, as well as supporting an important pedestrian route between Waterloo and the South Bank.
The local community will play a vital role in contributing to the project and will also benefit from it’s success. With this in mind, LCR were keen to support the annual Waterloo Carnival, an annual intergenerational event, that aims to build community, encourage creativity, include those who are more isolated and bring positive engagement in the local neighbourhood.
Run by Oasis Hub, this year’s event took place on Friday 14th July. In addition to making a financial contribution to help with the organisation of the event, Duko and Jennifer from the LCR team also offered their stewarding services.
The procession (made up of over 500 children from Oasis Academy Johanna, students from other local primary and secondary schools, local residents, and other local community groups including more senior members of the local community) made their way down Lower Marsh, along to Lambeth North tube, and back up Baylis Road. The carnival company, Mandinga Arts, joined the fun, providing professional performers, artists, fantastic costumes (and some very cheeky monkeys!) while the London School of Samba brought their dancing skills to bring some serious flair to the event.
Waterloo Millennium Green was awash with colour, music and smiles as the group arrived for the finale performance. After a celebratory speech from Vauxhall MP, Kate Hoey, some of the cast from Alices Adventures in Wonderland (the immersive theatre show taking place at local Vaults theatre) took to the stage. After the characters delighted the crowd with outtakes from the show, the Uniao da Mocidade took over and closed the event with a final Samba performance.
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