Essex Cultural Diversity Project's Indi Sandu and the Cultural Development Team of Essex County Council hosted a fantabulous event on the 3rd of April modelled on Arts La'Olam's Music on the Mayflower project from 2010. With little responsibility for the project aside from day management assistance I could roll up and see good friends like Efua Sey (pictured rocking it in lime green) and the Efua Sey Cultural Academy girls and boys dancing to expert percussionists and drummers from Ghana. Efua's school runs every Saturday in Harlow. Pictured also is BrazilArte from Southend and this was the very hot warm up session in the waiting room at Wickford Train Station. Wickford and Southminster train stations and three train carriages were decorated with flags and bunting, and passengers were treated to either West African or Brazillian rhythms, Kora (West African Harp) or Sitar. There was curry on sale on the station platform and mesmerising Bollywood Dance in the car park at Southminster. Ticket collectors dressed up in Punjabi robes and waistcoats and a wild and wonderful day was had by all - celebrating Global connections, music food and art on an underused train line.
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