On Saturday night I was walking down Camden Market when I heard some music coming from another street. I went straight away to look for it. I walked into a scene filled with people; the place was loud, vibrant, and happy. A group of Brazilian samba dancers and musicians were performing in the rain, I guess, connecting to the carnival celebrations taking place in Rio de Janeiro. It was a cold night, but the nearly naked dancers, or the people watching them, didn’t feel it. Some of the crowd were joining in, forgetting their British reserve. I was very happy to see it all. Dance is a very powerful element of any culture, and very important in my home Lebanon too. It is not so often seen on the streets of London, but it is obviously in the hearts of people.
Diab Alkarssifi, 8th March, 2011