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Olympic spirit and Brazilian flair come to Hackney

23 August 2016
Residents learn how to play capoeira music

Hackney residents have been given a taste of the Olympic spirit with a colourful Rio-themed street party.

Rio comes to Hackney

The exotic Hackney Marsh Partnership (HMP) event, based in the Concorde Youth Centre on the Kingsmead estate and funded by Sanctuary Housing, was set against a lively Latin American soundtrack from an onsite DJ as youngsters competed in a sports tournament organised by Leyton Orient Trust.

Brazilian Capoeira practitioners, who hone their craft at the nearby Morningside Community Centre, showcased the dance-based martial art, while estate based youth drama partners, Immediate Theatre, offered visitors the chance to try their hand at making some Rio-styled masks.

Amongst the spectacle, visitors could get involved in topics closer to home, including a workshop by Mabley Green User Group on how to build compost bins to manage garden waste, workshops on growing herbs at the two estate community gardens and a ‘Dr Bike’ session from King’s Wheels.

Visitors on the day were also asked to share their skills with the rest of the community by volunteering and to invite people to other on-going community initiatives funded by Sanctuary in Hackney.

“Excitement at Kingsmead’s street party was at fever pitch”

Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “It’s staggering to see how well Team GB have done in this year’s Olympics, so the excitement at Kingsmead’s street party was at fever pitch this weekend.

“We’re delighted to have been able to work in partnership with HMP to help deliver this community-led event, which mirrored the sense of camaraderie we’ve seen in Brazil.”

This event was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.