With pomp and fanfare UK Goan Festival 2015 was held on the 2nd of August 2015, at the Cranford Community College grounds, Hounslow in London….reports Rahul Laud for Asian Lite News
Despite , scorching summer heat and bike ride event in London that blocked several roads, people from different parts of the country and abroad came together, to participate in this extravaganza, showcasing the very best in Goan culture , food and heritage.
“Over the years, the festival has grown in popularity with the participation at the event growing exponentially. We have provided an enjoyable entire day of pure Goan Magic!, said Ravi Vaz , Director, Goan Association UK .
The Festival began with the Holy Mass in Konkani at 11 am. The entry to the event was £5 per person through wrist bands and under 16 were free. Special parking for the handicapped and disabled was be made available. A free shuttle service from The Hounslow west station to the venue and back from 10 am until 8 pm. helped visitors to the event .
“Besides the local talent, there was a massive line up of performances from various top Goan artists. ‘A26’ one of Goa’s leading band was specially flown down from Goa to play some scintillating music. A regular traveller to Goa Jan Graveson, an ex Eastender star belted out some favourite numbers at the event. Her strong connections with Goa were evident in her emotional appeal to the audience to dance and sing along with her.
Air India, Star alliance partner and one of the main sponsors have been supporting the event over the past few years and sponsored the flight arrangements of the band.
“This year the festival had the best in Goan cuisine with sumptuous and mouth watering Goan food.The kids had a fantastic day at the Kid’s Pavilion loaded with rides and games sure to keep all ages entertained through the day.
Feltham based DSilva Foods who have sprung back in business after 15 years displayed their raw pastes and spices to nurture Goan taste buds. Goan Voice stall had the noted author , writer and journalist Selma Carvalho who autographed her book which was on sale at the event.
Lebara mobile was main sponsor . They have some exciting prizes to give away inform the organisers. This year’s raffle proceeds was declared to go to the Goan Welfare Society (GWS) which supports various welfare causes of the Goan Community.
Senior diplomats from the Indian High Commission were also present at the event. Contented and excited Ravi Vaz concluded,”we are now gearing up to celebrate our 50 years – our Golden Anniversary of the Association which will be held next year.”