WHAT'S ON



BARBICAN MUSIC STAGE

This is where you’ll see artists from around the world, picked by our Contemporary Music programmers. It’s like bringing the Barbican’s stage to E17.

This year’s highlights include Malian star Fatoumata Diawara, Brazilian Soul singer Dona Onete, Dub pioneers Adrian Sherwood & Creation Rebel and more.

SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS OVER THE WEEKEND INCLUDE:


NEWS FROM NOWHERE STAGE

Discover dance, circus and physical theatre at the News from Nowhere stage, with performances, workshops and demos for everyone to get involved in. MovE17, a dance group for people of all ages and abilities, will be performing a work inspired by RAIN by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, set to the original score by Steve Reich.

X7eaven Academy will present a showcase of local young people’s dance and Walthamstow Youth Circus, a local group of gravity defying young people will be performing their amazing aerial skills on trapezes, ropes and hoops alongside their international all-star circus guests who will also be offering free aerial circus workshops throughout the festival. Local artist.

Del Taylor will be running open access workshops with the community to create a forest of bicycle wheel propellers and windmills.

In 2018 the development and delivery of the News from Nowhere stage is led by the participants of the first Creative Citizen Fellowship: Sam Francis, Layla Rosa and Clare Farrow. Find out more about them and their projects here.

The Creative Citizen Fellowships have been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 


EARTHLY PARADISE TENT

A showcase of local talent, both young and more experienced. The programme includes Samba from Greenleaf Primary, Choir 17, Frederick Bremnar Choir and Natural Voices. On Saturday there’s an evening of young creatives’ work including Urban Flames, Barbican Young Poets and Drum Works. Closing the stage on Sunday will be music sets from Danalogue and Philou Louzolo presented by local record label Bryd Out.


FELLOWSHIP ISLAND

 

Inspired by William Morris’s visions of a free and fulfilled society, Fellowship Island brings together a passionate brigade of food and drink producers, urban growers, local artists and organisations exploring ways to cultivate a closer connection with nature and community in the city in a sustainable way.

Head for Lloyd Park’s moated island for artisan food and drink in the Appetite Food Market, talks, demos and performances on the Dreamer & Diggers Stage, workshops, talks and discussions in the Forest Lounge and much much more! If you’re interested in getting involved then find more info here.

In 2018 the development and delivery of Fellowship Island is led by the participants of the first Creative Citizen Fellowship: Auntie Maureen, Charlotte Major, Jessica Hudlsey & Laura Kerry. Find out more about them and their projects here.

The Creative Citizen Fellowships have been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This year Fellowship Island is supported by National Lottery’s Awards for All.

 


GLITTERING PLAINS DANCE TENT

The Glittering Plains dance tent will return for 2018  showcasing the local DJ talent who work tirelessly throughout the year to bring music to Walthamstow. Joining Electronic 17 and Soul Picnic will be newcomers at the festival, You Should Be Dancing and We Can Be Heroes, as well as our headliners, Nu Disco pioneers Faze Action.


USEFUL & BEAUTIFUL MAKERS MARQUEE

This year, Create London and William Morris Gallery are teaming up with local makerspace Blackhorse Workshop to curate Body Builders, an experimental production lab of anatomical accessories. Join local makers to try your hand at a new skill, create a useful & beautiful object and join a new wave of human hybrids released into the festival wilds … think extendable arms, retractable Pinocchio noses and altered vision googles.

You'll also have the opportunity to purchase locally made items from the E17 Designer’s Market where over 50 artists, designers and makers will sell a phenomenal selection of screen-prints, ceramics, wooden, silver and gold jewellery, textile and leather bags, summer dresses, accessories and more.

For the fourth year, the area is supported by local business The Stow Brothers.

 


Around the Park

As well as our key areas and stages, there will be lots of pop-up events, sporting activities, street food and bars around the park, including Real Food Festival’s mouth-watering line-up of street food, the Wild Card Craft Ale Tent, new Festival Bars for the extra thirsty and much more to be announced.


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Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara

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Dona Onete

Dona Onete

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Cero39

Cero39

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47Soul

47Soul

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X7eaven Dance and friends

X7eaven Dance and friends

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MovE17

MovE17

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Barbican Young Poets

Barbican Young Poets

Earthly Paradise TentRead More
E17 Designers Market

E17 Designers Market

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Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee & Trail

Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee & Trail

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