Friday, 27 August 2010

Redbridge Carnival press shoot!

Here is an image of our press shoot taken on Monday.  You can see a number of the performers ready to make Carnival a real success again this year.  In the image above we have one of our Carnival Princesses Anum, Elektra (Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer), boys from London Football Academy, members fo the Dallaway Steel Band, Amanjot (Hindi singer) and Nish a Hindi Singer.   If you look carefully you will see my daughter Naomi at the front with me and my daughter Hanna to the left of Nish in a burgundy dress.  All the above are waiting to greet you at this years carnival....... 

This years Redbridge Carnival is set to be the best ever. We have got a real range of diverse talent that will provide Mauritian dancing, Irish Jigs, modern tap and Jazz, Street dance, dramas, pop songs, Traditional and modern Bhangra acts, and much more from our main stage. In addition the Army Cadets will be taking youths through the paces in an interactive Mission Impossible course. There will be free Steel Pan Workshops and performances and a funfair provided by Harry Parrish.

This year we are particularly pleased to announce that Sofia Hayat will be performing her new single and an adapted version of the song she sang for the Pakistani Earthquake appeal to raise awareness of the British Pakistani Christian Association "Flood Appeal" our chosen charity.

Date: 11th and 12th september
Time: 12:00 - 19:00
Location: Valentines Park

We also have a procession that will leave Ilford Town Centre at 12:00 on the 12th September 2010.


Looking gorgeous - Sofia will rock your world at Redbridge Carnival!

Oh my gosh, just when you thought it could not get any better Redbridge Carnival brings you a real star in the making. 

Up and coming singer, model and actress Sofia Hayat is to grace the stage at Redbridge Carnival this year.  As a performer Sofia made it big after being recognised for her talent at a Zee TV Carnival, she went onto present cult show "sorted for Zee that made her a household name within the Global Pakistani Community. 

Sofia was trained as a potential Bollwood star by the professionals in Bombay, after selection in the top four candidates for the "Bollwood Star" series shown on Channel 4.  Sofia performed a moving song she wrote for the recent Pakistani Earthquake at the Royal Albert Hall.  An adapted version will be sung to raise funds for Carnival's chosen charity this year the British Pakistani Christian Association "Pakistan Flood Appeal"

Her new album "Dishonour" is to be released in September and is already getting rave reviews - hear some of the songs from the album at Redbridge Carnival.  Sofia also stars in a film called "Cash and Curry" which will be released in September!!!!

Learn more about sofia bu clicking the links below:

Here is a link to Sofia's performance at the Albert hall:

Saturday, 22 May 2010

We need you!

Redbridge Carnival needs more helpers this year if we are to proceed with a Carnival this year. We are looking for committed people to join our committee, who will be involved in raising funds, promoting and organising this year’s carnival.

We hope to make this years event even more spectacular than last years.

This years Carnival will return to Valentines Park on the 11th and 12th September. We have moved the date of the event back a weekend as it will fall after Ramadan and will hopefully induce more participation from Redbridge’s Muslim community, who have not been able to attend for the last two years. Moreover it will also allow better schools participation as Children will be back from their holidays and will be afforded a week to rehearse for our event.

We would like to hear from local performers, political and community speakers, and activity organisers of all types, that may be able to add something to this years carnival. If you are interested please call Wilson Chowdhry on 020 8514 0861 or email
We will be holding planning meetings every week from 19:00 at our offices at 57 Green Lane. The days of the meetings will be agreed in advance by mutual consent.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Redbridge Carnival opts for later weekend!

This year's Redbridge Carnival has been moved forward form the 1st weekend in September to the second week. This is to ensure that Muslims can attend this year as Ramadan ends before the weekend of the 11th and 12th September. This later date should also inspire more school groups to attend and participate.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Kajul Pahl our Carnival Queen leading protest against potential closure of A&E and Maternity Facility at King George Hospital

Campaigning is a serious process, however, it was great to be able to get people to have a jolly in the cold weather.
MP's, Councillors, the leader of the Council and Kajul Pahl our Carnival Queen challenged local people to sign the petition.

Cold weather could not stop the demonstration!

Just look at the ice on the floor! We refused to leave until the day was complete!

Over 50 people attended the event we just could not squeeze them into our camera. Sorry!

As with any event things are not always as organised as they would seem from photos. The event, however, was a great success!

Today to the fore of Ilford Town Hall, the Green Party organised what has to be recorded as a pivotal moment for the campaign against potential termination of Accident and Emergency Facility and Maternity Facility, at King George Hospital. The first All party protest against these closures was a great success.

Over 500 signatures were collected and many people learnt about the dastardly Redbridge PCT plans, for the first time. Wilson Chowdhry from the Green Party said:
"I would like to thank in particular the Readbridge Carnival Queen Kajul Pahl. She rallied people to the petition table and organised an orderly queue for the insistent people determined to show their apprehension to potential closures at King George Hospital. The fact that the Newspapers honed in on her and asked for her personal reasons for being involved - indicates how much of an ambassador she has become for the Borough. Without a doubt, I can categorically state Kajul attracted a large crowd, to what would otherwise have been a run of the mill event!"

Visitors to the event included:

Leader of the Council Cllr Keith Prince
Mike Gapes MP
Lee Scott MP Cllr Balvinder Saund
Cllr Lorraine Sladden (Redbridge Mayor 2008)
Cllr John Tyne
Kajul Pahl - Redbridge Carnival Queen
Mark Dawes - Redbridge and Waltham Forest Green Party Co-ordinator
Bob Archer -Hope Not Hate

and several other councillors......

Thank you to all that joined us - The Green Party will be arranging other events so why not view there blog at:
Do sign the on line petition (click here).

Friday, 8 January 2010

Mayors Parade 2010

Carnival Mascot Hannah Chowdhry - worn and withered by the end of the event. As cold as it was this adventurous 5 year old lasted the fierce adversity of the weather!
There were literally hundreds of participants from Redbridge groups at the event.
The Carnival team with the Redbridge Float - The three of us Rajeshri Chouhan (Court Chaperone) Kajul Pahl Carnival Queen and Wilson Chowdhry lead the procession. The Two Carnival Princesses Jesse Baker and Katie Woolnoth waved to the crowds on the Redbridge Float with Mascot Hanna Chowdhry.
Lovin it!
A Gatakha Sikh Sword Fighter passes by to impress later during the procession.
Great fun for all!
The Air cadets with Carnival Queen Kajul Pahl just before moving off for the parade.
Twice for luck!
Group Shot no.1 !
Group shot no.2!
Group shot number 3!
At the front left St John's ambulance, Front Right 241 Squadron Air Cadets, middle front Jam Dancers and Jive Dancers, the Police cadets are a little further back and we have the Sikh Sword fighters and Dholl Academy here too!
That's much better - we worked out placing the banner lower allowed more people to become visible! The Scouts are holding the arrangement of flags.
Its Jive dancers withe the Pom Poms!
The Police Cadets moved further forward!

Jive and Jam Dancers!

Redbridge Float with a Jazz Band and Steel Pan performance from the awesome Panultimate!
Jive Dancers to the fore of the Houses of Parliament.
Air Cadets from 241 Squadron outside the Houses of Parliament.
Panultimate Steel Pan Band and the Jazz Performers on the main Redbridge Float.
Like the yellow!

All's well that ends well!

Watch yourselves on the Road!
Everyone had a good day!
Where's the limo?
Banana Splits!
Wilson's off again! Well that's goodbye from us!
The event went awesomely well and Councillor Chan put in a lot more effort than previous Mayors. He has proven to be one of the most charming individuals to hold the role and this year in office has been a real treat. It will be a shame to see him go in the summer and the Redbridge Carnival team wishes all the best of success for the future.