"Chilled vibe" at Fusion Asia FestivalBy Becky Barnes
September 06, 2012
An electric atmosphere filled the grounds of South Hill Park at a free festival.
Thousands attended the third Fusion Asia Festival to enjoy the food, music, dancing, stalls and workshops on Saturday afternoon.
Jaswinder Singh, festival director, said: “The idea behind the day is to present a good quality community festival so the audiences have the opportunity to enjoy high quality arts. It’s about people from different communities coming together – I think that is really important, but also giving the artists who are creating new work for them an opportunity to display the upcoming contemporary arts.”
Acts on the main stage included dhol and brass band Red Baraat, from New York, DJ and rapper Panjabi MC, ‘pioneer of Bhangra’ and the ‘Crown Prince of Bhangra’ Jazzy B.
Jaswinder added: “It is a very laid -back atmosphere for families, children – everybody is welcome so I think it is very chilled out. We have some great and amazing bands.”
The ‘latest dance craze’ Just Jhoom Bollywood and Indian music were just some of the activities available in free workshops.
Maya Sengupta, nine, travelled from Slough with her parents and was looking forward to a Dhol drumming workshop.
She said: “I like listening to the music – I am really enjoying myself.”
Tania Cox, 46, and John Claffey, 40, from Bullbrook, were enjoying trying food from the variety of stalls.
Tania said: “We wanted to see a different culture and we come to South Hill Park quite often – it is a nice day out and the weather is very good.”
John added: “There is a good variety of stuff going on and a great atmosphere – it involves the whole community.”
For children there were bouncy castles, a circus, face painting and games.
Sarah Moore, chair of the friends of South Hill Park grounds, said: “My highlight has got to be the Kawa circus and their trapeze artist – absolutely fabulous.
“There is a party, carnival, happy atmosphere – people out enjoying a good family day out in the park with good weather – what more could we want?”
Mayor of Bracknell Town Councillor Shelagh Pile said it was lovely to see so many people enjoying the newly restored grounds.