Lawk Naach is now in its final phase, and the stage is set for the most spectacular dance event in the Midlands to celebrate the Torch Relay during the lead up to the London 2012 Games. The Lawk Naach Finale will see over 2012 people from across the region unite to deliver a truly unique performance, which will set a new Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest ever Bhangra & Giddha Performance’.
The Finale event will be held at the Birmingham and Sandwell Summer Mela at Victoria park in Smethwick on the 30th June 2012. Lawk Naach will be opening the days event with an hour long showcase of cultural and community arts from across the region, there will be performances of various genres, from Samba to Street Dance and Bhangra to Bollywood! The showcase will culminate with the Lawk Naach Finale performance of over 2012 people! You could be there with us all to celebrate this amazing achievement and create your own journey to London 2012. All you have to do to participate is register, attend your local classes to learn the routine or alternatively learn the routine with our online tutorials and then turn up on the day to set a new world record! We will be giving prestigious Gold medals to the first 2012 people to register and take part on the day.
There is not long left now! If you would like to take part in Lawk Naach Finale you have a few options:
- Contact ‘your team‘ coach to find out where you can learn the routine in your region.
- Contact Dance Sansaar to book a place at one of our ‘performance classes‘
- Check out our ‘online tutorials‘ to learn the routine at home
Arrive early on the 30th June to learn the routine at our ‘onsite workshop‘
Use the tabs on the right to find out more…
If you are participating with a school or group we have a few ideas for pre-event activities you may wish to get involved with, click here for more details…
10am – Open to the Public – The park will open to the public at this time and we will open our registration marquee.
10am – 11am – School/Group arrivals – We will designate arrival times for all schools/groups who have preregistered between this time.
11am – 12pm – Onsite Workshops – If you would like to attend the ‘onsite workshop’, then you must be onsite by 10.30am THE LATEST!
12pm – ‘Finale Arena’ WILL CLOSE! – If you are not in the ‘Finale Arena’ on time, you will not be able to participate in the Lawk Naach Finale World Record attempt.
12pm – 1pm – The Lawk Naach Showcase – During this time ONLY registered participants will be in the cordoned off ‘Finale Arena’, in preparation for the Lawk Naach Finale World Record attempt.
1.30pm – 4.30pm – Collect your GOLD MEDAL – If you were one of the first 2012 people to register and have a PINK wristband on the day, you can collect your prestigious Lawk Naach Finale GOLD MEDAL from our registration marquee. Please note medal collection will close at 4.30pm.
6.25pm – The Olympic Torch Relay – The torch relay will go past Victoria Park, if you wish to see this, you will need to exit the park onto the High Street by 5.45pm.
Parking and Registration
Lawk Naach participants have been allocated car, minibus and coach parking at Sandwell Leisure Trust/Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre. If you require disabled parking this is available adjacent to the main entrance to Victoria Park. PLEASE NOTE you may have some difficulty trying to exit the disabled car park after 2pm as there will be a road block on the main High Street. Coaches and Minibuses will be able to drop passengers off at the main entrance to the mela and then park at the offsite location.
Please see maps below for further details or Click here for travel advice from Sandwell Council
On arrival in the park stewards will direct you to our registration marquee. ALL participants (even those who have pre-registered) must come to the registration point, so that we can verify your registration and issue you with a Lawk Naach wristband – without a wristband you will not be able to enter the Finale Arena. Stewards will then direct you to the Finale Arena, where you will remain for the duration of the Lawk Naach showcase.
What to wear
We are hoping most people will make a whole day of the event and stay all day, therefore we suggest you wear comfortable casual clothing. The ‘Finale Arena’ is grass, so please wear suitable shoes. ‘Your Team‘ or region will be designated a ‘Team Colour’ , we would like participants to wear tops or t-shirts in their team colour as we are hoping to create a visual spectacle – more details will be given on the day (this one’s a secret).
What to bring
The ‘Finale Arena’ is in front of the main stage and this area will be cordoned off for the hour long Lawk Naach showcase. You may wish to bring a picnic blanket if you want to sit and watch the show, but this will have to be removed for the ‘Finale Performance’.
If you wish to bring a packed lunch, then you are more then welcome, however we would suggest you sample some authentic Asian cuisine at the many local food stalls. There will be plenty of food and drinks available (both Asian and non-Asian) at various stalls around the mela.
What else is going on
After the Lawk Naach Finale you can enjoy the festivities of the Mela with 7 different zones: entertainment stage; food outlets; cultural stalls; arts & community showcase; sports arena; children’s activity and a massive funfair. Why not make a day of it and experience Indian culture at the Midlands largest Mela.
Collect your Gold Medal
If you were one of the first 2012 people to register you will have a PINK wristband on the day, you will receive a prestigious Lawk Naach Finale Gold Medal. These medals have been produced to commemorate this outstanding achievement and to reward the hard work and determination of the Lawk Naach Finale participants. You can collect your medal from our registration marquee after the showcase. Please note medal collection will only be available from 1.30pm – 4.30pm and medals will only be issued to participants who have PINK wristbands (one medal for each wristband).
Join us in ‘The Conga’ – Punjabi style!
The Olympic Torch has been lit and is making its way around the UK. Punch is passing the Desi Moves dance baton on to the Birmingham Torch Relay on Saturday 30 June 2012. Come and celebrate the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by joining the Rail Gaddi (Conga). Dance Sansaar will be supporting Punch on this spectacular journey through the vibrant streets of Birmingham, why not coma along and join the festivities?
How do I get involved? Join the street party along the Olympic Torch Route by taking part in mini dance workshops in Bhangra, Bashment, Giddha, Bollywood and Hip Hop. Once you have taken part in any of our dance workshops (below) you will then have the opportunity to perform your routine at the hot spots, which forms the Olympic Torch Route creating our very own Olympic Desi Moves Route.
For further details on whats going on and how to get involved, please visit the Punch website by clicking here!
More to come…
The Lawk Naach Finale is the culmination of a project which has spanned 12 West Midlands regions and engaged over 24,000 people DIRECTLY in a dance activity! This is the largest dance project to have taken place in our region, why not find out more about it? We have bloggs, testimonials and plenty of video footage yet to be released so sign up to our newsletter for regular updates. There will also be a film produced documenting the ‘Lawk Naach Journey’, the release of this will be promoted through our newsletter.
Guinness World Record
The Guinness World Record for the Largest Bhangra Dance currently stands at 2,100 participants, and although this was not a part of our original remit we thought it was too close an opportunity to miss! We will submit our record attempt and hear in due course whether we have been successful, we are quietly confident that we will be able to set a new record, so as soon as we know, we’ll be sure to update you all…
Lawk Naach is part of Dancing for the Games, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands, and is funded by the Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council and Advantage West Midlands.