RevisedHandover3The Notting Hill Mayfest kicks off its action-packed schedule of free and affordable events for all of the family from the first of this month.

The volunteer-run festival is celebrating its 13th year after developing from the small community May Fair at St. John’s Notting Hill and spreading to include events all across Notting Hill.

For a full schedule of events do check the Notting Hill Mayfest website (http://www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk/whats-on.html), but here are a few festival highlights:

For those who enjoy film, the silent classic Steamboat Bill Jr (1928), starring Buster Keaton, will be projected onto big screen at St John’s Notting Hill, on Friday May 15th. The film will be accompanied by the church’s recently restored organ.

For music lovers, there is world music with the India-inspired music of the London Sitar Ensemble on Saturday, May 2nd and the Roma gypsy music of From Russia With Love. Several high quality classical music concerts form part of the programme, including Bach’s Eb Major Cello Suite played by renowned cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, and Schubert’s Winterreise with St John’s Director of Music Tom Primrose accompanying the award-winning tenor Ben Johnson.

For historians and travel fans, join Dr. William Taylor, Vicar of St. John’s Notting Hill on Wednesday, May 6th, as he talks of his 3-month journey along the Silk Road, travelling light and staying with monks and hermits. The evening will include music, dance, food and drink inspired by the Silk Road. It is also the launch event for The SPACE at St John’s,

Superman DogAnd of course, the Mayfest centrepiece, the annual May Fair will take place on Saturday May 9th, from 1pm – 5pm. The May Fair has been running for more than 25 years and is known and loved for its traditional village games and stalls, music, Maypole dancing, Fancy Dress competition and Dog Show.

It’s a real family event with a vintage coconut shy, face painting, and a bouncy castle!

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