Bermondsey Carnival 2016

Southwark Park | Saturday 2 July 2016 | 12pm to 8pm | FREE
Bermondsey Carnival 2016 presents Paul Young

Bermondsey Carnival 2016 presents Paul Young

Bermondsey Carnival 2016  welcomes 80s icon Paul Young to the stage. Famous for such hit singles as Love of the Common People and Wherever I Lay My Hat, the performance will be one of only two London appearances by the 80s singer on his latest tour.

As one of Southwark’s most popular annual events and now one of London’s best free summer events, Bermondsey Carnival will be returning to Southwark Park bandstand with a whole host of festival fun for everyone.

Joining Paul Young in this year’s line-up is locally based reggae group Indika, Motown trio The Aim, and we also welcome back the internationally renowned Kinetika Bloco for a special carnival parade.

The carnival is a great big family day out and once again Bermondsey Beat have created a great music programme.

The carnival is also proud to present our SE16 Dance Hall this year part of Big Dance weekend created by local dancers, musicians and entrepreneur Laura Erwin, this lively stage will present the best local dancers and there will be a chance to have a go at a range of dance styles from zumba to contemporary.

We also have Rumble if the Jumble our very own mass jumble sale where you might be lucky enough to find a hidden treasure and Reuben Bonds funfair with allsorts of rides and games to keep you busy throughout the day.


Bandstand programme

6.30pm Paul Young

This year’s headliner Paul Young needs no introduction. From his debut release ‘No Parlez’ that went platinum and the first of three UK number one albums, through a string classic pop hits, Paul has cemented his place in British chart history. In 1985 Paul was awarded a Brit award for best British male and his best known singles  “Love of the Common People“, “Wherever I Lay My Hat“, “Come Back and Stay“, “Everytime You Go Away” and “Everything Must Change” all hit the top 10 and continue to be played across the airwaves. He is internationally acclaimed and is constantly touring at home and throughout Europe. April 2016 saw the release of his solo album; ‘Good Thing’ a collection of Soul tunes that have inspired his career.

4.50pm Indika
The band is made up of well-established musicians with roots that are deeply entrenched in the fabric of the UK Reggae scene. Fresh from touring as backing band to the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Indika will take you on a journey through the history of reggae lending their vast experience to much loved Reggae classics aided by special guests. Dennis Bovell; pioneer of the UK lovers rock genre and Dave Barker; famous for ground-breaking reggae hits ‘Double Barrel’ and ‘Monkey Spanner’

3.35pm The Aim
The Aim are a lively and energetic band who fuse, Ska, Indie, and Pop into a catchy, poppy brew. Many tracks from their latest album ‘what a way to earn a living’ have received lots of good reviews and airplay on various radio stations earning them chief support to two-tone legends ‘The Beat’ on their recent UK tour.

2pm The Umbrellabirds
South London based Umbrellabirds are an ensemble of London folk musicians who described themselves as a ‘Folkestra’ their combined talents deliver an eclectic mix of their own skillfully crafted and distinctive rearrangements of memorable pop  tunes.

1.10pm Frog Morris
Frog Morris is a performer whose wild and wacky songs take you on a curious and surreal voyage through world of angry badgers, ghosts and pork scratching’s that involves puppets, masks, props and sing-along song sheets to bring you the flavour of old time music hall.

The SE16 Big Dance Hall

The SE16 Big Dance Hall brings together exciting community and professional groups across many styles and ages. Many of our groups have classes in the area, get in touch and get involved!

This year we are also part of Big Dance a biennial festival of people dancing led by the Mayor of London in partnership with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs, a network of leading dance organisations across the UK.

For information about more Big Dance events have a look here.

Dance in SE16.

12.15pm to 1.45pm

Sierra Leone Group

Brunswick Park Primary

Albion Primary School – Gifted dancers from Year 4 and 5 at Albion have been working together with Dance Teacher Matthew Eaton on a Street Dance piece based on self-belief, courage and the importance of being unique.

Katie Higgins – BA students from London Studio Centre perform Smash Bang Changalang, a contemporary piece inspired by Charleston, challenging pre-conceived ideas about contemporary by creating a fun and light hearted piece.

Urvashi – ‘Urban Fusion’ uses contemporary urban and south asian dance themes to present a picture of urban life, from the tranquility to the upheavals of day to day in a city.

Kinetika Bloco – Energetic and colourful carnival troop will perform and lead a taster workshop.

MIA Dancers: Moving into Age – Led by teacher Suzy Mills, MIA perform 2 dances using Jazz and Broadway inspiration. The workshop includes salsa, cha cha cha, and jazz dance. Open dance-fitness class at St. Matthews Hall, Meadow Row SE1, Weds 1pm – 2:30pm.

Dance Network Association – DANCE RIO is a mass choreography project with 500 dancers from Barking/Dagenham. Creation Jennifer Irons, lead artists Lucy Blazheva, Lisa Warnock, Harlow College dance captains, music by Dan Beats.

1.45pm to 3.30pm

Future Essence – Led by teacher Sabrina McDuff, a versatile piece, based around street, house and afrobeats. Classes at the Hollington Youth Centre. Street & Freestyle 4.30-5.45pm Mondays (age 4-8) and Tuesdays (age 9+), Tap & Musical on Thursdays 4-5pm ages 3-7 years, 5-6pm ages 8-12 years.

The Quay Players – Chorus and solo numbers from our upcoming summer musical Oliver! A community theatre group based in Bermondsey /London Bridge, rehearsing Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm, St Anne’s Hall, Bermondsey. All welcome!

Katie Higgins – BA students from London Studio Centre perform Smash Bang Changalang, a contemporary piece inspired by Charleston, challenging pre-conceived ideas about contemporary by creating a fun and light hearted piece.

Cali Swing UK – Performing a salsa and a chachacha.

Carragher Academy – Irish dance group established in Bermondsey since 2002 by sisters Sarah & Jessica Carragher with Assistant Teacher Monica Larking. Beormund Centre, Abbey St, Tues & Thurs Beg 5-6pm, Adv 6-8pm

Traveller + the bear – Band members Brodie McBride, Chloe Spinks, Melissa Saphra play new and original tracks from their upcoming EP and a few crowd favourites.

3.30pm to 5.15pm

Gotitas de Sabor – After a recent trip to Colombia, The World Latin Cup UK Finalists perform new pieces including folklore, salsa, rumba and cha-cha. Rehearsing Saturdays 12.30-3:30, all welcome, no experience needed, age groups from 5-18.

Magpie Dance – Magpie’s inclusive Adult dance group comprising dancers with learning disabilities have been working with Complicite from to make a piece with live music (drums). Highfliers (the training Company) have worked with Ben Duke (Lost Dog) to make ‘And then there were Swans’.

Elevate Arts – Acton over 8s Saturday Street dance class perform a piece showcasing popping, locking and breaking. Classes 10-11am (ages 4-7), 11-12 (ages 8+). Delivering classes in ballet, street and contemporary for schools /community.

GDND Academy – A showcase of what we do at GDND Academy from students who are currently crowd funding to attend the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. GDND have many weekly classes for all ages

5.15pm to 6pm

Yazstar – A 15 min set from YAZSTAR bringing you a bit of clean Hiphop/ Rap and dance and funky anthems. All produced and written by YAZSTAR.

J-Chief – Rap artist, musician, song writer and poet with a Gospel style.  CD’s include “A New Beginning” and “Annointing To The Streets”.  Through music, encouraging individuals to achieve, speaking of relevant issues and his Christian faith.  info@jchief.c, gangs, dangerous dogs and how time slowly brIngs back tranquility again.

Zumba with Andee – Andrea will perform and deliver a workshop with a range of Zumba tracks, giving a taste of this fun way to keep fit and healthy.

Kinetika Bloco – This energetic and colourful carnival troop will perform and lead a taster workshop.

Family activity area

Surrey Docks Farm

This is a perfect attraction for Bermondsey Carnival! The core remit of the Mobile Farm is one of education. Teaching people about animals, how to care for them and where our food comes from.

The mobile farm is a valuable tool in helping the farm connect the wider community with farming in a modern world. They have their own specialised horse-box which allows them to comfortably and safely transport animals and set up a mini-farm offsite for community engagement

Circus Antics

With over 20 years’ experience of working with people of all ages Circus Antics provides exciting workshops for all types of events! Participants are guaranteed to have fun whilst learning Circus Skills. In the workshops each individual will gain mind/body co-ordination, focus, a sense of achievement and partner and group co-operation.

Circus Skills Workshops include a mixture of the following skills:

Juggling, Balls, Clubs, Rings, Scarves, Club & poi swinging, Diablo, Devil stick, Balancing Pole & Feathers, Staff Spinning, Plate spinning, Hat manipulation, Tight wire.


Makendoo run painting and making workshops for children all over the UK and beyond, adding colour, creativity and an instant carnival atmosphere to any vent turning it into a visual spectacular. Children (and adults) of all ages can join in the fun, painting and making hats, masks and banners which can be finished off with feathers, glitter and ribbons. Children leave the workshop carrying, wearing and waving their artworks, lasting souvenirs of a great day out. Their spring makes include spring flowers, birds, butterfly masks, caterpillars, bees, ladybirds and sunshine masks.

Daemon or Doppelganger – Clay Workshop

Now in its 14th year, and with contemporary “terracotta army” of about fifty thousand figures faces and fantastic images made to date at a variety of festivals throughout the U.K. and Europe, the Daemon and Doppelganger workshops continue to astonish and delight wherever they go.

An unusual mixture of participatory workshop and exhibition, the project creates a unique record of any event, big or small. Suitable for all ages and abilities, it is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty and surprise yourself. The main aim of the workshops is enjoyment and a chance to play freely with the possibilities of self-expression: allowing the imagination to take over.

The Dave Chameleon Show

This charismatic trickster combines the high skills of the circus with the inspired comedy in his world renowned Street Theatre Show. His warm and playful wits win over one and all, guaranteeing a great time.

Stood three metres above the ground, his slack rope finale is a feat of multitasking dexterity as he balances, spins a ball and juggles three flashing blades!

Allin Kempthorne

Multiple award winning children’s magician Allin Kempthorne is incredibly entertaining! His amazing magicians and circus skills, slick showmanship, boundless energy and infectious sense of fun all combine to make him one of the most sought after children’s entertainers in the country.

The children in his audience are amazed at his magic and comedy, while the adults are amazed at his ability to control an enormous crowd of lively children, whatever their number and whatever their age.

There will be a range of other activities including:

  • Millwall FC Bus com with giveaways and have a go sessions and special visit from Zampa the Lion
  • Reuben Bonds traditional funfair
  • Friends of Southwark Park with traditional games
  • Storytelling from Southwark libraries
  • Food from around the world
  • Rumble in the Jumble, our second hand and vintage market
  • Dockland Bellringers if you’ve always fancied a pull

Getting there

Bus – C10, P12, 1, 47, 188, 199, 225,  381.

Train – Bermondsey South – 15 minutes walk

Tube – Bermondsey 5 minutes walk, Canada Water 10 minutes walk

Bike – Bike parking is available at the event

For more information on how to get to the Bermondsey carnival use transport for London’s Journey Planner

Disabled Access

This outdoor festival takes place in a public park made up of tarmac roads, gravelled and grass areas.

Accessible toilets are available on site.

Blue badge parking is available in they park via the Southwark Park Road entrance.

More information
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