London’s Annual anti-racist festival has been forced to change locations after organisers decided planned venue Clapham Common was too small to host the event without reducing the number of stages.
Rise: London United was to have taken place on Clapham Common in south London on Sunday 15 July but will now take place in Finsbury Park.
London Mayor Ken Livingstone said the venue change had been made to avoid reducing the size of the event. Mr Livingstone said he invited people “across London to come Finsbury Park on 15 July, to reinforce the message that all Londoners stand together and will not accept racism in the most diverse city in the world.”
The decision not to use Clapham Common has been the backing of Lambeth Council.
Cllr Lib Peck, Cabinet member for environment and culture in Lambeth said the council “fully endorse the Rise festival” adding “while it is a shame that it’s not possible to hold it in Lambeth this year, the council supports the decision to move it to Finsbury Park.”