12:30 - 6pm, Saturday 5th Aug
Cork Street Carnival
Cork Street Carnival is taking place as part of Westminster Council’s ‘Inside Out’ programme, which runs throughout the month and offers a grant to businesses in the borough who are hosting alfresco events. Cork Street Carnival promises a packed programme of music, food and entertainment, but perhaps more significantly, the chance for visitors to see Mayfair and the gallery in a fresh new light.
The music programming – under the expert direction of Cuban music promoter Ruben Cordero who has worked with the Buena Vista Social Club and Irakere – focuses on the West African and Latin-American diasporas. Highlights include Santería and Yoruba spiritual traditions from the London Lucumi Choir, the Dave Pattman Afro-Cuban trio featuring Randy Lester, and an open jam session with renowned Afro-Cuban musicians Hammadi Valdes (who has worked extensively with Carlos Acosta), Rey Crespo and Eikel Venegas, and Bangladeshi-British pianist Kishon Khan.
There will also be dance workshops led by Damarys Farres from the Cuban School of Arts. There will be street-food stalls offering Cuban delicacies to sustain you through the day.
Mayfair 9 Cork St, London W1S 3LL