Culture & Press news Embassy 41
The arty north London neighbourhoods of Camden, Kilburn and Haringey provide a heady mix of multicultural communities, leafy parks and bohemian markets to create the perfect vibe for Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Holland who have chosen this part of London for their houses during the Olympics.
Fans from Grenada will add a little spice to the mix at the Arlington Conference Centre in vibrant Camden. Fans will be able to watch Grenadian athletes go for gold, while joining in the carnival atmosphere, literally, with carnival costumes, calypso and poetry performances. There’s also a writer’s corner and a photographic exhibition and it wouldn’t be a Caribbean party without a dominoes tournament!
Venue: Arlington Conference Centre, 220 Arlington Road, Camden, NW1 7HE
Dates: 4-11 August
Opening hours: 16.00-22.00 daily
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CULTURAL VILLAGE
The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn has been transformed into the Trinidad & Tobago cultural village for the Island’s Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans. The Culture Fest includes concerts by the islands’ leading soca, calypso, rapso and alternative artists as well as local films, poetry readings and food markets. Visitors can join in a variety of multicultural Trini traditions, such as Maticoor night with its Indian dance and tassa drumming or Kalinda, Afro-Trinidadian stick fighting.
Youngsters can take part in workshops where they can learn to dance, make carnival ‘mas’ costumes, cook up Trini food or play the steelpan.
Trinidad’s cultural diversity will be showcased through the food on offer too, including bake and shark, curry, sada roti, local soups and a Creole kitchen. Rum connoisseurs and beer drinkers will be pleased to know that the House of Angostura and the Carib brewery will have a presence at the Village.
Venue: Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR
Dates: 26 July-25 August
Opening hours: 10.00-23.00 (Monday-Friday);
Admission: Free but booking required
Soca star Machel Montano, Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson, cricketer Brian Lara, footballer Dwight Yorke, author Earl Lovelace, singer Ella Andell, fashion designer Anya Ayoung-Chee
Celebrations will reach their climax at the big Independence Day carnival on 25 August
HOLLAND HEINEKEN HOUSE
The famous Orange Army of Dutch fans will descend on the plush 19th century Alexandra Palace (aka Ally Pally or the People’s Palace) where Holland Heineken House has planted its flag. In the Heineken Arena, fans will be able to watch live Olympic action on a 500 capacity grandstand or RTLV’s Dutch coverage of the Games in the evenings. They can sit down to a two or three-course meal at the Brasserie van Oranje or browse the Heritage Hall which features a gallery celebrating the centenary of the Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation.
Sporty types can get their pulses racing in the vast Medal Ceremony Hall with a host of activities from table tennis, to obstacle courses, a fencing simulator or you can cycle along the virtual Olympic route and compare your results with those of the Olympic champions.
Wind down with sundowners and Dutch delicacies such as ‘bitterballen’ in the Food Court, which offers Dutch fans panoramic views of the London skyline.
In the evenings, fans can mingle with Dutch athletes with entertainment by the House Band, Stand UP Pop, and an array of internationally acclaimed DJs.
Venue: Alexandra Palace
Opening hours: 08.30-01.30
Admission: Open to the public but only those with tickets can gain entry (€10 plus €2.50 handling fee). Book tickets in advance online and collect at the ticket office on arrival. Under-18s welcome until 20.00 if accompanied by an adult. All visitors must have valid ID.
Info and bookings: www.hollandheineken house.nl