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Ealing marks World Car Free Day with Soundbite Festival

Ealing marks World Car Free Day with Soundbite Festival

September 10, 2019

World Car Free Day celebrations are coming to the borough this month with Soundbite Festival – a wealth of community activities taking place in West Ealing on 22 September.

1 – 6pm, Sunday 22 September, at Dean Gardens and Leeland Terrace.

Activities for all ages

Soundbite festival will be laying on everything from music, food, a craft market, climbing wall and children’s activities, to cookery workshops, football skills, donkey rides and a theatre performance. There will also be yoga and wellbeing sessions running, alongside a free cycle repair service from Dr Bike.

This year’s Soundbite Festival is running alongside World Car Free Day in Ealing, which encourages drivers to take a break from their vehicle for one day and highlights the many benefits of having a bit less traffic throughout the neighbourhood.

There will be one of a number of designated PlayStreets that will be springing up all over the borough. PlayStreets are designed to provide people with a great chance to bring a sense of community spirit to the whole street by closing off a street to traffic for a short period of time. It allows neighbours to mingle and run events and activities, and children to play on the road safely.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “We are once again backing World Car Free Day this year and are supporting local people in setting up Playstreets across the borough. PlayStreets not only foster a great community spirit, they offer an alternative use for the borough’s roads for an afternoon – where children are able to experience the outdoors safely and local people can enjoy each other’s company.

“Encouraging more people to walk, cycle and take public transport is vital as we look to improve air quality and to address the urgent need to address the climate emergency. I hope that the Car Free Day in Ealing will help people to explore other means of transport and leave their cars at home.”

“Soundbite Festival will be laying on a great afternoon of music, activities and events and I encourage local people to get involved.

Soundbite Festival is well established in West Ealing and is organised each year by West Ealing Community. This year they have teamed up with Live West Ealing to put on the event and celebrate the area, whilst bringing the community together.

David Highton, who represents West Ealing Community said:“This year’s Soundbite is set to be one of our best with a whole host of activities for all ages. We are delighted to be running our well-established festival with Live West Ealing, who we are working with closely to improve the area. So another great reason to come is to find out more about the project.”

Leeland Road and Leeland Terrace be closed for the afternoon and early evening of 22 September.

Live West Ealing is a project set to improve West Ealing with changes made on street level, so that residents are more likely to walk, cycle or use public transport. The Live West Ealing team will be in attendance and there is an opportunity for residents to give feedback on the area and their plans for the area.

Let people know you are celebrating Soundbite Festival by going onto the Facebook event page and clicking attending.

Find out more about Live West Ealing: http://live-west-ealing.co.uk/

Find out more about World Car Free Day in Ealing at https://ealingnewsextra.co.uk/features/car-free-ealing/

A stage with live performances from five acts will be running throughout the course of the festival and you can find out more about the performers, as well as more details about the festival at www.soundbitefestival.org.

Ealing businesses are also being given the opportunity to get involved and promote themselves on the day. Please contact udenson@btinternet.com for more information.