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Bloco rhythms get Culture Secretary dancing in Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 16:19 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 05 October 2010

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw with youngsters at Rich Mix

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw with youngsters at Rich Mix

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THE Culture Secretary danced to the beat of his own drum while on a ministerial visit to London’s East End today. Ben Bradshaw dropped into Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix arts centre to meet youngsters in youth arts projects before he went on to Gordon Brown’s Cabinet meeting at the 2012 Olympic site

By Victoria Huntley

THE Culture Secretary danced to the beat of his own drum while on a ministerial visit to London’s East End today.

Ben Bradshaw dropped into Bethnal Green’s Rich Mix arts centre this morning to meet youngsters involved in youth arts projects before he went on to Gordon Brown’s Cabinet meeting at the 2012 Olympic site at Stratford.

He was one of 22 Cabinet ministers visiting the East End to witness artistic, cultural and sporting developments in the run up to the 2012 Games.

Mr Bradshaw said: “London’s culture, especially East London’s, is what helped us win the Olympic bid. So we can’t forget about it now.

“What we are trying to do is to make the Olympics not just about sport. We are trying to bring back the original idea of the Ancient Greeks and make the Olympics about culture as well.”

The Secretary of State joined in a drumming session (pictured) with youngsters from Brazilian-style drumming troupe Bloco Drummers who performed at the Notting Hill Carnival and the Lovebox and Underage festivals in East London’s Victoria Park.

The youngsters put on a performance for Mr Bradshaw, mixing drumming with electronic urban music.


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