Last updated 21 July 2017
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London Armenian Street Festival is a celebration of Armenian culture and heritage. The festival is a family friendly event, everyone is welcome and it’s free to attend. It attracts a diverse crowd and you don’t have to be of the Armenian background to attend it. It was great to see people of various backgrounds who came for a taste of Armenian culture.
The festival offers music, dance, other entertainment, superb Armenian and Middle Eastern cuisine and stalls with various treasures for sale – from jewellery to homemade foodstuffs to beverages. More details on this below.
The annual celebration of Armenian culture and heritage takes place in July. The first ever festival was hosted in 2011 and the festival continues to thrive attracting a solid jolly crowd.
The festival takes place in the charming surroundings of St. Sarkis Armenian Church and in Iverna Gardens that are right by the church, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This is a great opportunity to come along with family and friends and sample a bit of Armenian culture. It is easy to get to as it is held in Central London, a couple of minutes walk from High Street Kensington tube station. The area is also served well by buses.
St. Sarkis Armenian Church and the surrounding gardens in Kensington & Chelsea. Here’s the actual address of the Armenian Church:
St Sarkis Armenian Church, Iverna Gardens, London W8 6TP, UK
Pictured: St Sarkis Armenian Church, Iverna Gardens, London, on the day of London Armenian Street Festival.
Pictured: Music and traditional dancing at London Armenian Street Festival.
Pictured: Young ladies wearing traditional dresses at the festival.
Pictured: Kababs are being served at the Armenian festival.
Pictured: A stall selling various beverages, including Armenian wine.
Pictured: Festival attendees enjoying great food and having a good time on Iverna Gardens in London.
Pictured: Armenian festival on Iverna Gardens in London.
Pictured: Various savoury bakes we sampled at the Armenian festival.
Pictured: Some of the cakes we purchased at London Armenian Street Festival.
Pictured: Live music played at the festival.
Pictured: A mysterious yet heavenly food item we located at the festival that was sweet, slightly crunchy on the outside, with cream inside.
Pictured: Food vouchers for sale at the festival. The vouchers had to be bought for money, and then the vouchers were exchanged for food. A slight nuisance of a process, though there must be a reason behind it.
Pictured: Jar of homemade Armenian aubergine dip purchased at the festival.
London: The Armenian institute provides a space for meetings, discussions, entertainment, workshops, films, exhibitions, and so on. They also provide Armenian language classes and produce publications. You can keep an eye on Armenian Institute’s events page and see if there an event that inspired you to be a part of.
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