Enfield celebrates Black History Month with Pineapple Punch Festival

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

Black History month in Enfield kicked off with a bang on Saturday with launch of the inaugural Pineapple Punch Festival.

The community event at the Dugdale Arts Centre, in London Road, Enfield, showcased a variety of attractions to celebrate the contribution of black British culture and the arts.

People also joined in African yoga and martial arts sessions as well as free taster dance classes such as salsa, zumba, kizomba and bachata – a dance originally from the Dominican Republican, which focuses on lower-body movements.

There was a range of live performances featuring the Reggae Choir, Heidi Vogel - lead singer from the Cinematic Orchestra, as well as Christina Matovu – a contestant from 2015’s television music competition, The Voice.

A range of traditional African and Caribbean foods were available including sweet treats such as Ginger cake and Jamaican Bulla cake – made from molasses and spices.

“The main reason we held the event was to show the positive aspects of black history," said event organiser, Charlene Grant.

"Some people think of black history as just being about slavery, so we wanted to remind them of the contributions black people have made through these events,” she added.

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