Friday, 8 July 2011
The Shepherd's Bush Festival returns to W12 this August and will surely be one of the last major events to take place on the Green before that public space is re-shaped permanently. What better way to see the old face of the Bush out, and welcome the new in.
To me the aims of this Festival reflect what I like best about living here - the fact that through music, food and sport workshops people can reach across barriers of language or culture. It's only a one day event but some of the darker things that have cast a shadow over Shepherd's Bush have shown us just how much we need that around here at the moment.
At the festival you'll have the chance to try out many of those things for yourself - drumming workshops, food tasting and even sports.
Lakeside Road shooting in which a young man died I wasn't sure what I found most depressing as someone not immediately affected. Either that someone had been killed or the debate that many of the residents of that part of the Bush took part in on this blog about why it was happening - which showed very clearly indeed that there were groups in our community who even live next door to each other who completely fail to understand each other. Part of the answer to that is how we respond to crime, but far more fundamentally it is how we live alongside each other in a very crowded place.
But to make the most of it we need to talk to each other. So on one day in August, the 13th between 1pm and 7pm, get yourself down there and enjoy it. Check out what's on offer here. I will leave you with a video of one of last year's acts - well worth checking out.
Posted by Chris Underwood at 11:00