Things to do this weekend in Burgess Park, Rotherhithe and Borough

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Here’s our pick of what’s on this weekend – including free yoga classes and a day of love for Latin America, with live music, salsa and food from across the whole continent.

Free summer fun at Canada Water

Everyone’s welcome to join the free activities in Rotherhithe this summer, including yoga and plant workshops.

Love Summer, located next to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, is in its final fortnight and there’s still lots to get involved in.

There are free activities every day, but on weekends you can listen to live music and do free yoga and pilates.

If you want to eat, there’s space for picnics, as well as a pop-up bar and table tennis tables to work up your appetite. Love Summer is on until Bank Holiday Monday (August 28).

Where? Next to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Rd, SE16 7LL

When? Every day until Bank Holiday Monday (August 28).

Admission: Free

Click here to see the full programme and book free classes.

Carnaval del Pueblo at Burgess Park

The historic Latin American festival is due to return to Burgess Park this weekend, with a food and drinks market, salsa tent, and a main stage with DJs and live music – all free.

This Sunday, August 20, head to Burgess Park for Carnaval del Pueblo – the annual festival that celebrates cultures from all across Latin America, through music, cuisine and entertainment.

The music lineup includes Colombian salsa star Charlie Cardona, Percussionist Roberto Pla’s jazz big band, Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente and his sextet and many more acts from across Latin America.

New to this year’s event is the Carnavalito Family Village run by Latin Hub UK. For kids, there will be bilingual activities like a storytelling tent, a toddlers club, arts and crafts, mini football, and kids’ karaoke.

Don’t miss the chance to grab a free salsa lesson.

Where? The Great Lawn, Burgess Park, Albany Rd, SE5 0AL

When? Sunday, August 20 from 11 am to 10 pm

Admission: Free

Learn about the roots of Afrobeats

The new exhibition is a celebration of a genre that paved the way for African musicians who have shot to international stardom today.

Starting this Friday (August 18), The Africa Centre will present FUJI: A Opera, a multi-dimensional exhibition which tells the story of the fuji music genre, dating back to the 1960s – one of the most important in Nigeria’s history.

The story will be told through archival footage of previous performances, audio installations and memorabilia across the 60-year history of fuji music.

A spokesperson said: “With Nigerian artists Rema, Asake and Davido providing songs of the summer in the UK, Burna Boy becoming the first African artist to headline a stadium in the UK this year and Wizkid set to follow, now is a fitting time to look back on the country’s musical origins and witness its evolution and the international impact it has made on the music industry today.”

Where? The Africa Centre, 66-68 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BL

When? Friday, August 18 – Monday, August 28 (Tues – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm; Sun: 10 am – 4 pm)

Admission: Tickets priced from £6.99 on sale at



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