Hope in Haringey’s Summer Schools Festival gathered Tottenham residents in a celebration of fun, cultural exchange and summer festivity at Tiverton Primary School.
By Omar Alleyne-Lawler, Communications Manager
The annual event which takes place at a different Haringey school each year, frequently draws more than 200 Haringey residents, organisations, and student talent in a family-friendly summer party. This year, the celebration fought off rain showers so students could practice their musical craft in front of family members and friends.
Hosted by Hope in Haringey and supported by Tiverton School and Seven Sisters, gates were opened to welcome community members from across the borough into the school and out of the rain.
With attendees including the local Ambulatory Cadets, teaching staff from both Tiverton and Seven Sisters as well as local businesses supporting the class stalls, students had plenty to enjoy. From games of football and wooden skittles to wet sponge throwing and a bouncy castle ride, Tiverton’s playground was bustling with activity.
Open to all, the Summer Schools Festival invites attendees from across the borough to celebrate and share their cultural highlights. This year, celebrants put a spotlight on Steel Panning. Performed by three lines from Seven Sister’s Primary School Steep Pan Band, some renditions included ‘The Mango Song’ by the Island Caribbean Steel Drum Band and ‘Boys a Liar’ by PinkPantheress and Ice Spice. Tiverton would not be outdone, however, with their own Djembe Drummers taking the stage & getting the crowd grooving.
Each year, Hope in Haringey welcome an inspirational artist to share their positive message through music at the Summer Schools Festival. This year, Christian Rapper, Teelow used his platform to share messages of inspiration; encouraging men to be more mindful Husbands and fathers and for everyone to work hard when pursuing their dreams.
It was an appropriately uplifting message, as it kept spirts up despite the intermittent showers. Projects Manager, Chloe Hedman said “It was positive event, and it was great to see how many people came out to enjoy despite the weather. This was a great showcase of Haringey’s young talent, including Seven Sisters Steel band and Tiverton’s Djembe Drummers. A lot of positive energy!”