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PICTURES: Gravesend's Fusion Festival and Cyclopark's first birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:25 01 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:26 01 July 2013

Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club

Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club

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It was a weekend of celebrations and festivities across Gravesend with the first ever Fusion Festival and Cyclopark's first birthday.

Ravi JosanRavi Josan

Community Square was transformed into a global melting pot as the first Fusion Festival celebrating food and music from around the world took place on Saturday.

Four by Four Bhangra Youth Club, who combine traditional sounds of the dhol drum with British pop and American R‘n’B, opened the festival, followed by emerging alternative rock band Rainmaker, founded by Gravesham residents Gabriel Sanghera and Michael Constantine.

Comedy duo Danny and DanComedy duo Danny and Dan

Comedy duo Danny and Dan had the audience in stitches while The Gypsy Stars, an Eastern European music and dance group and Bhangra singer Ravi Josan provided further soundtracks to the day.

The event, which also had dozens of stalls selling delicious food from all over the world, was organized by Kent Equality Cohesion Council with Gravesham Borough Council and arts organisation Cohesion Plus.

Crowds enjoying the atmosphere at Fusion FestivalCrowds enjoying the atmosphere at Fusion Festival

Gurvinder Sandher, festival director said: “All in all this was a great event, the feedback not just from those who attended but also from overseas where some people watched the live web stream via Gravesham TV has been positive.

“The village in north India where Ravi Josan comes from stayed up later into the night to watch his performance via the web so in a way we were showcasing the talent and positive community relations that we enjoy here in Gravesham not just locally but to the world.”

Saturday’s beautiful weather also made for a perfect day and party atmosphere over at Cyclopark as scooters, skaters and road racers turned tricks at Europe’s largest cycle park’s first birthday.

Scooter riders at Cyclopark. Pic by Alan Easdown.Scooter riders at Cyclopark. Pic by Alan Easdown.

Crowds cooled down with cycle-powered smoothies while watching cycle-powered cinema and taking taster sessions in BMX-ing and sports therapies.

Laurence Tricker, CEO of Cyclopark Trust said: “The birthday party was a great event for the local community, and way of saying thank you to all of our supporters over the past year.”

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