The Gnome House SPRING SPLASH event was held on Sunday 23rd May 2021 and started off with an African drumming workshop from Mbilla Arts led by master drummer, Moussa Dembele from Burkina Faso.
We were very grateful to PROJECT ZERO who came to help steward the day and make sure everything ran smoothly.
Our youth leaders, Chissola (left), Isabella (centre) and Lauren (right) have done so much to help working with the young people that use Gnome House – and keeping our website, newsletters and social media flourishing and up to date!
Julia from Mulberry School of Dance organised a lovely series of performances covering four age groups.
Lots of community organisations and local businesses had tables on the Gnome House terrace including Crumbs Cakes, William Morris Big Local, Green Tings, Extinction Rebellion, Joshua Tees, Nurture Hub, Stories & Supper and Boldstitch Handmade clothes.
Hermanos Coffee did a roaring trade in hot drinks and hot food.
Isle of Skating were the next perfomance.
The flooring in the main space in Gnome House is perfect for skating!
Our guests of honour were Cllr Paul Douglas, portfolio lead for Culture, Mayor Elizabeth Baptiste and the Mayor’s official consort, her daughter, April Samson.
Mayor Elizabeth and April were shown around the exhibition by Paul was taken around the exhibition by Aminta, Lauren, Isabella and Chissola. All the work was made over lock-down by two Inky Cuttlefish groups – the Health and Well-Being Group and the Inky kids group.
The standard of work made on kitchen tables and in bedrooms over lock-down was truly superb.
Cllr Paul selected several pieces of art work that will be purchased and kept in Waltham Forest as a record of art work made by local residents during the pandemic. The purchase prize money was sponsored by Gnome House.
Barnadas, performed a solo recital. It was brilliant!
Major Elizabeth with Project Zero.
The performers from Big Creative. They brought a creative energy to Gnome House and were brilliant throughout the day.
Kameron was the first act from Big Creative Education to perform.
Lydia (left) and Kaci (right)
Kaci and Lydia
Shay (left) Jai’me (right)
Jai’me (middle) Kaci (left) and Nia (right)
Kan Beng in full flow. Thanks to Dotan (on the right of the photo) and Harry for providing the PA system and a ton of experience that got us through the weather and other technical challenges!
Special thanks to Jane and Melissa who organised the whole event.
A day of music, creativity and community was rounded of by a wonderful performance by E17 Jazz.