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WEP’s 25th Anniversary – Cloud 9 Festival!

West Euston Partnership’s (WEP’s) 25th year is in its dotage. WEP is actually 25 and a half now.

Interestingly, Disneyland Paris is also celebrating 25 years of being. WEP doesn’t have much in common with Mickey and his friends, but one thing we do share is a zest for life and the wish to make this year the most memorable in our history.

Sharon, having a go!

So what fruit has 25 years born?  Well, a legacy of regenerating the local area by addressing racial unrest, crime and disadvantage through our services is to be lauded.  WEP has truly made a difference.  In its 25 years of existence WEP moved from being a Council run body, to independence and in 2008 became an established and renowned charity.  WEP punches above its weight; providing the community with exemplar services and changing lives for the better.

Over the years WEP has held numerous festivals.  WEP’s first festival was a tentative affair with the general view being that it would become a battleground and end in multi-racial violence.  Instead, cultures mixed, there was good food, music and entertainment.  That festival was a great success and this year’s Cloud 9 festival, which happened on Saturday 16 September 2017, follows in its footsteps bringing the community together and like Disney adding a little sparkle to the lives of those it touched.

WEP worked in partnership with Fantasy High Street and Old Diorama Arts Centre to deliver Cloud 9.  This year’s theme celebrated local heritage, the community and the changing face of Euston and Kings Cross over the last 40 years.  It was a fantastic day, the weather was on our side, and the local community took part in a day of free arts activities, performances and creative workshops.  There were interactive art installations so local people, young and old, could share stories about where they live and play games; free arts and crafts workshops throughout the day.  The performance stage had music from the Regents Park Singers, Taiko Drummers, Khiyo Music, Duo Concordia, and the Mix IT! Dance group.  The event was ably compered by David Tovey and the Mayor, Councillor Richard Cotton; graced us with his presence.

The fun doesn’t end there, as WEP will be holding another event on the Regents Place Plaza on Thursday 5 October 2017, 11.00am – 3.00pm, to continue celebrating our 25th anniversary and introduce ourselves to the workers of the local businesses on site.  There will be free fun health checks on the day and an opportunity to find out more about WEP.  This will be happening the same day as the monthly food market taking place on the plaza, so there will be good food too.  Please come an spread the word.

Sharon Gordon, WEP Director

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