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13/07/07
Kelis and Jamelia Headline Rise Festival
- Finsbury Park and Dagenham host annual anti-racist event

Kelis and Jamelia Headline Rise Festival. Courtesy Mayor of LondonKELIS, Jamelia, the Ska-talites and St Etienne are among the stars turning out at this year's Rise: London United festival at Finsbury Park on Sunday.

"Live music at outdoor festivals epitomise summer for me," said Kelis. "I like the way the Rise festival uses music to oppose racism and spread a positive message."

Organised via the Mayor of London's office, Rise is London's main annual anti-racist music event, tracing its roots to the Rock Against Racism tours of the 1970s and 80s.

As well as a host of musicians and dancers from around the world, Rise is also host to an array of international food stalls and this year there’s the addition of Rise: East, which takes place in Dagenham town centre the day before Saturday 14th.

Dagenham has seen substantial votes in recent local elections for the racist British National Party. "Rise: East sends out powerful messages that we are happy and proud to live in a multicultural city and that racism will not be tolerated in our communities," said MP for Dagenham John Cruddas.

More info on Rise here



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