On Sunday 19 February 2017 the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, opened its doors to 250 local parents, carers and children for an afternoon of musical treats and variety performances.
Now in its fourth year, the event, called That’s Entertainment, was free to attend and enabled families who might not get the chance for days out to enjoy time and entertainment together.
A number of local voluntary and community organisations were able to distribute tickets to families they know and work with. Activities on the day included face painting, magicians, singing and dancing along with food and refreshments. Acts featured included Danny Lee Grew, Danielle Cross, Phoebe Irvine, Sarah Taylor, Anna Blakeborough, The Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School, and Stage and The City.
Chief executive of the Business Design Centre, Dominic Jones said: “This is a fantastic event that would not be possible without Business Design Centre staff and partners who devote time, energy and passion to providing everything for the day from food and refreshments to lighting, staging and decoration. They are keen to give back to the community where they work and we are delighted to welcome Islington families who might not typically be able to pay for fun days out together.”
Kristina Glenn, director of Islington Giving said: “That’s Entertainment demonstrates how businesses can be involved in and give to their local community. One of the key priorities of Islington Giving is to unlock Islington for its residents, and That’s Entertainment opens up a major venue in the borough for local people. The day brings together residents and volunteers to share in a great experience and connect with one another and the place where they live and work.”