“We are Islington” event will celebrate Islington’s diversity and highlight support for EU citizens: Sam King, who is performing and appearing at the "We Are Islington" event on February 1.  PIC CREDIT: Joshua Thurston

28 Jan 2020

“We are Islington” event will celebrate Islington’s diversity and highlight support for EU citizens

A free community event to celebrate Islington’s diversity and highlight the support available to EU citizens will be held on Saturday 1 February.  

Organised by Islington Council, and supported by Islington’s Faith Forum, the “We are Islington” celebration takes place on Islington Memorial Green, N1 8DU from 11.30am to 1.30pm and will feature live stage performances, speeches from community and council leaders, as well as advice and information stalls.

Young performer Sam King will kick off the day’s live entertainment and compere the event. Bollywood Vibes, Healthy Generations and the Young Creatives are also taking to the stage.

The event will include speeches by Portuguese-born Luisa Dornelas, who works for the council and is part of the campaign encouraging EU citizens to apply for settled status and community groups, alongside Islington’s Mayor, Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Councillor Una O’Halloran, Executive Member for Community Development and the Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts.

Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council said:

“We’re proud that Islington is a diverse community and that people of all backgrounds, no matter where they are from, contribute and choose to call our borough their home.

 “Brexit impacts everyone in our community and this event is about standing up together and showing how much we value the contributions made by everyone, especially our EU citizens.”

Islington Law Centre and Citizens Advice Islington will be on hand with practical advice for EU citizens and those applying for settled status who live in Islington or the City of London will be able to have their ID checked for free, when they bring their valid biometric passport with them.

Find out more about the event at islingtonlife.london/weareislington  

EU citizens currently have until at least 31 December to apply for settled status. Free local support can be accessed at islington.gov.uk/brexitsupport

Media contact Information

If you are a member of the media and would like more information please contact:

Islington Council media team – media@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 2307.  Out of hours: 07769 163303

If you are a member of the public with a general question about the council please contact:

Contact Islington – www.islington.gov.uk/contactus or 020 7527 2000