Live tunes, Southern soul food and Brazilian samba dancing – that’s just some of what will be on offer in Hitchin when Rhythms of the World returns for WestFest.

Westmill Community Centre will host the free festival of art and music – billed as the first Rhythms of the World neighbourhood event – from 2pm on Saturday, September 30.

There will be family activities and workshops during the afternoon, with the new soft-play area in full swing and Hitchin’s very own Soul Shack serving the best Southern food this side of the Mississippi.

Letchworth’s Garden City Samba will provide a Brazilian music and dance workshop, among other art and music experiences on offer for all the family.

In the evening, the area will be cleared for live music and a licensed bar – with disco and funk band Huggy Flares headlining alongside The Voice’s Lawrence Hill, rock covers band The Unknowns and atmospheric folk act Banshee Echo.

WestFest is the first event of 2017 from Rhythms of the World as the team rebuilds ahead of a full return to the community in 2018.

Rhythms’ head trustee Michael Woodward said: “We had a fantastic response to our appeal for public support in July, and we’re delighted that new supporters have joined our existing volunteers and the team at Westmill Community Centre to create an exciting programme of activities throughout the day.

“There will be a traditional Rhythms festival feel in the evening.”

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