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Mayor Livingstone funds Jewish festival in Trafalgar Square
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London is lending his support to a special event taking place in Trafalgar Square to mark 350 years of Jewish life in Britain.
The event, Simcha on the Square, will take place on Sunday 17 September from 1pm-7pm and is being organised by Jewish Music Institute and the JMI Jewish Culture Alliance, in conjunction with the Mayor of London.
The Mayor has provided £60,000 in funding for events to mark the 350th anniversary of Oliver Cromwell's invitation to Jews to return to Britain. The Trafalgar Square event will be free to the public and will include Jewish food, live performance, including klezmer bands, cantors, choirs, Sephardi and world music. Deputy Mayor, Nicky Gavron will represent the Mayor at the event.
The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: 'Jewish people make up one of London's oldest communities with a long tradition of contributing to all fields of intellectual, cultural and economic life. These events will give all Londoners an opportunity to learn about and enjoy Jewish culture. I hope we can establish an annual round of events celebrating the enormous contribution to Jewish people to our city. I am determined that not only will London remain a city which does not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of racism, but also that we are a city which positively celebrating the gigantic Jewish contribution to human culture and civilization over many centuries.'
Simcha on the Square is part of a year long programme of events marking the 350th anniversary of Jewish life in Britain. This includes the Identities 2006 exhibition at the Jewish Museum, which the Mayor has also given support to, and which runs until 12 November.
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