Brixton Wave street festival cancelled over 'safety and sanitation' fears

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A south London festival designed to celebrate cultural diversity has been cancelled with two days to go amid “safety and sanitation” fears.

Brixton Wave, a three-day event, was billed as a “brand new summer festival” featuring food, drink, music and shopping.

The free festival was reduced to two days after organisers consulted with authorities over security measures in the wake of terrorist attacks. 

But with Brixton Wave due to kick off on August 11, organisers have issued a last-minute statement announcing its cancellation.

It read: “After careful consideration and despite the willingness of many involved, a decision has been made to postpone this year’s Brixton Wave event. 

“Issues including community safety and sanitation, among others were not able to be fully resolved in time for the event, however we are optimistic that Brixton Wave will be a positive and safe event in the summer of 2018.”

The statement issued online two days before the festival was due to start

The festival was largely seen as a replacement for Brixton Splash, a music festival founded in 2005 but cancelled last year over safety and clean-up costs.

The free event had attracted up to 15,000 people in recent years but also drew a large number of complaints from local residents.

Brixton Wave, which aimed to deliver a “cultural tourism legacy” for the area, was criticised by local news site Brixton Buzz for its lack of communication.

The festival’s official Twitter account has posted just three times and has not mentioned the cancellation.

The Facebook event does not have a single person registered as “attending” or “interested”.

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