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Multicultural arts festival at Woodford Green school raises £7,000 for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:30 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 18 December 2014

Taal at Bancroft's is a student led cultural festival of music, dance and acting

Taal at Bancroft's is a student led cultural festival of music, dance and acting

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An annual cultural festival of Asian dance, music and acting took over a school this month celebrating the diversity of it’s pupils.

Taal at Bancroft's is a student led cultural festival of music, dance and actingTaal at Bancroft's is a student led cultural festival of music, dance and acting

Taal, which means “the beat of life” is a student-led fixture which is now in it’s 13th year at Bancroft’s School in High Road, Woodford Green.

The Hindu, Sikh Buddhist and Muslim Society (HSBM) organised the entire event including sourcing the colourful costumes and finding funding from local businesses.

The society’s president, year 13 student Aisha Chowdhury, said: “Taal has been a great way of making friends from all year groups.

“I’ve been involved since year 9 and it has become a massive part of my school life – I’m really sad it’s my last one.”

The cast played to sell out audiences and Miss Chowdhry estimates they raised more than £7,000 to be divided between two charities, Smile Train, which provides free cleft repair, and Charity Right, who provide aid all over the world.

Deputy head at the school, Marwan Mikdadi, said: “Taal truly was the beat of life this year – a wonderful explosion of multicultural life at Bancroft’s and a great way to raise money for some worthwhile causes.”


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