The inaugural Portobello Rising Festival has been postponed until further notice following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.
The festival was due to take place next week at Acklam Village and the Portobello Road area – a short distance from Grenfell Tower – on Saturday, July 15.
Since the fire at Grenfell Tower, Acklam Village has been serving as a safe space and donation point for the affected community.
“The spirit and strength people have gathered and are sharing in that space is monumental and truly inspiring at a time filled with such grief and uncertainty,” the organisers said in a statement.
“In light of this, we feel it is only right to make sure any cultural event we are working to produce does so with Grenfell and the young community at its core.
“We have held a meeting with the community at Acklam Village and the young producers of the festival and have decided to postpone Portobello Rising Festival to a later date this summer.
“At this moment we are continuing to connect and build a dialogue with the community about the great potential of Portobello Rising and will be in touch as developments happen.”
For more information about the festival, visit the official website.
Image: courtesy of Portobello Rising/Westway Trust