BARBICAN MUSIC STAGE
The Barbican Music Stage is where you’ll the Barbican's boundary-pushing music programme filled with artists from around the world, picked by our Contemporary Music programmers. It’s like bringing the Barbican’s stage to E17.
NEWS FROM NOWHERE
"art made by the people and for the people as a joy both to the maker and the user"
News from Nowhere celebrates dance, theatre, music, circus, wellbeing and so much more. You can watch performances on stage, get involved in workshops, perform and participate and even learn how to do aerial circus tricks. Keep your eyes peeled for pop ups and site specific performances around the park.
Last year’s cohort of local Creative Citizens, a professional development programme supporting eight local creatives, deliberated who to invite to perform this year through an open call process. This year will showcase participatory dance, music, circus and more alongside the Creative Citizens work, including a new commission from local contemporary dance group MovE17 a dance performances and workshops from X7eaven Academy from, Walthamstow Youth Circus as well as site décor from local artist Delyth Taylor.
Find out more information on the Creative Citizens please here.
Check back for announcements soon...
EARTHLY PARADISE TENT
"we are only the trustees for those who come after us"
Earthly Paradise Tent is an intimate space focusing on music and theatre developed by and for young people alongside a programme of local and national artists. Whether young or old, professional or amateur, this tent is locally made and showcases choirs, bands, poets, MCs, actors and more from many different postcodes.
The Earthly Paradise Tent is programmed by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning who work in the borough of Waltham Forest all year round, in partnership with local organisations, schools, residents and young people.
"Fellowship is life and lack of fellowship is hell [...] and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them"
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.
Enjoy artisan food and drink in the Appetite Food Market curated by Auntie Maureen, or take part in Grandad's Island, produced by local organisation Artillery where you can co-create artworks, and share ideas and skills.
GLITTERING PLAINS DANCE TENT
"give me love and work - these two only"
Electronic 17 are thrilled to be hosting the Glittering Plains for a fourth year, inviting DJs to play from Soul Picnic, Raising the Funking Bar, Eastern Front Soundsystem, You Should Be Dancing, and We Can Be Heroes. They all work tirelessly throughout the year to create a wonderful music scene in E17, and make Walthamstow a fantastic cultural hub within London.
We have also invited several students from both the Big Creative Education College and Leyton College to perform this year, giving them their first 'festival' gig.
Our headliner for Saturday is Ewan Pearson (Kompact / Misericord) and will be joined by special guests Dave Congreve (Soma Records) and Samantha Blackburn (Buntu).
On the Sunday our headliner is Justin Robertson (Lionrock) who will be joined by special guests Pete Fowler (Seahawks) and Citizen Helene (Fair Maiden Records).
ART FOR ALL
"I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few"
This year, local charity Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre brought together a panel of local families and children to decide which artists, makers, performers and musicians will be part of the festival's Art For All family area, aimed at children under the age of 7. Nearby there will be a chill out space open to all ages.
USEFUL & BEAUTIFUL
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful"
Making and creating is once again at the heart of the Useful & Beautiful area. Visit the William Morris Gallery, showcasing Madge Gill's retrospective or help create a giant fabric mural inspired by her textile work run by craft experts Momtaz Begum- Hossain and Mia Vilcins from The Make Escape. Local collective E17 Designers returns with a vast array of local makers and designers. And be part of Create London and Create Jobs activity that invites young people from East London to work with artists to lead family-focussed activities that will take over the whole marquee and surrounding area. Festival-goers will be able to explore illustration, fashion, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, child and adult fashion and more through workshops and demos.
Around the Park
As well as the festival zones and stages across the site there will be lots of pop up and site-specific performances, workshops, skate jams, basketball, sporting activities and so much more around Lloyd Park.
Food & Drink
Join us for some food and drink at some of the many street food stalls and bars around the park, including Real Food Festival's mouth-watering curated line up of street food vendors; local brewers Wild Card Brewery at their Craft Ale Tent; and Appetite Food Market, hosting local food traders.