...while the UK’s pa­rade gets a Not­ting Hill vibe

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

IT MAY not be the Not­ting Hill Car­ni­val, but the or­gan­is­ers of the “Salute to Is­rael” pa­rade planned for cen­tral Lon­don in June hope to give it some of the flair as­so­ci­ated with Lon­don’s most fa­mous street event.

A creative team with links to the Car­ni­val has been cho­sen to over­see de­signs of the pro­ces­sion for Lon­don Jewry’s main 60th-an­niver­sary trib­ute.

Fink Un­lim­ited, which spe­cialises in car­ni­vals, has al­ready re­vealed at least one Caribbean touch. It is spon­sor­ing one float fea­tur­ing a steel band, the Croy­don Steel Orches­tra.

Debi Gard­ner, a di­rec­tor of Fink, said: “We’re help­ing groups come up with ideas to dec­o­rate their floats and to pro­duce the de­sign to put on the float.”

They will also be try­ing to im­part some of the finer arts of cos­tume cre­ation to parad­ing Jews, such as wirebend­ing to make frames. “We’re try­ing to in­volve peo­ple as much as pos­si­ble in the ac­tual man­u­fac­ture of the de­signs,” she said.

Around 18 floats have al­ready been booked, with other groups tak­ing part in the pro­ces­sion on foot.

Jeremy New­mark, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, said: “We ap­pointed Fink to help us run the pa­rade be­cause our aim is to cre­ate a top-qual­ity vis­ual spec­ta­cle bring­ing a taste of Is­rael to the streets of Lon­don.”

De­signer Colin Spald­ing went to Is­rael ear­lier this year to get a feel for its cul­ture, “tak­ing more pho­tos than he’ll ever look at and speak­ing to dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions,” Ms Gard­ner said. “He’s re­ally ex­cited about the project.”

Fink was founded by Justin Nathaniel, a for­mer head of events and safety at the Not­ting Hill Car­ni­val. Ms Gard­ner is as­sis­tant man­ager of the steel band Man­grove, which went on a tour to Is­rael a decade ago. “We had a great time. Peo­ple were lovely. It’s an amaz­ing coun­try,” she said.

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