ON Saturday 16 June, West London’s Boston Manor Park played host to thousands of expats from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa as they soaked up the music, food and culture of their mother countries at the annual Homelanz festival.
Even the inclement weather – Britain’s wettest June for 100 years – couldn’t drown or blow away the characteristically Antipodean cheer on the day, according to Bianca Robinson of Anglo Pacific, one of the event’s key sponsors.
“Last year Homelanz was held in August but the 2012 London Olympics forced a schedule change to June and, typically, we were caught in plenty of rain showers,” she said.
“Nonetheless spirits weren’t dampened and the atmosphere was electric.”
With a 1622-built Jacobean manor house, formal lawns and an ornamental lake as a backdrop, the two stages hosted performers and performers from south of the equator. Headlining this year was reggae-dub band KORA from New Zealand, South African rock band Prime Circle and Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd. Other acts included London based kiwis I Am Giant and Jayson Norris along with Melic, Bowie Jane, Munkinpure, Dave Gander, Glenn Aitken, Anna Coddington, Rietta and J.T. Mills Xperience.
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Music aside, Homelanz punters could also wander round “The Village” and meet stallholders from migration experts to travel companies, mobile phone providers to property developers. And, to keep guests fed and watered for the ten-hour stint from 11am to 9pm, various wines, beers and national dishes were on offer from the three nations.
Bianca (pictured with her team at Homelanz, above) echoed the sentiment of all who attended in saying, “We enjoyed the taste of home.”
TOP IMAGE: Maori performers at Homelanz 2012