Loyally covering Victoria Park’s summer programme every year, our Shekha will be heading to the inaugural All Points East festival there this year to sample its musical and foodie delights.
What’s more, All Points East has announced, In The Neighbourhood, its weekday programme of free activities in Victoria Park over the four days between its All Points East (Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May) and APE (Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd) shows.
East London residents and the wider community are sure to enjoy the vast array of food, pop-up bars, outdoor cinema, live music, arts and games which will also work to support local businesses. The weekday programme takes place during half term and on the Bank Holiday making this an ideal destination for families as well as fun-loving Londoners.
Before In The Neighbourhood, the All Points East festival features headline performances from Bjork, The xx and LCD Soundsystem whilst the APE Presents…shows are headlined by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The National and Catfish And The Bottlemen.
According to event manager, Jenny Hamada, promoting and celebrating local talent is the very fabric of In The Neighbourhood. Activities being sourced from organisations and artists based throughout Tower Hamlets and areas surrounding Victoria Park. The event also has the backing of Tower Hamlets mayor, John Biggs.
So what to look forward to?
Street Food Market curated by Sourced Market
Tower Hamlets-based Sourced Market is curating the street food market at In The Neighbourhood. More than 90% of the traders have deep, long-lasting links to the surrounding areas of East London. Diners can expect an east London twist on culinary delights from around the world and British classics from local street food traders. The event promises all taste buds and dietary requirements are catered for in this dedicated market space.
Renowned local traders include Biff’s Jack Shack, Butchies London, Born N Raised, Ghetto Grillz, E8 Fish, Holy Cow, Kalimera and Makatcha.
Pop Up Bars
In The Neighbourhood has an exciting range of pop up bars selling great refreshments from draft & craft beer to wine, spirits and cocktails, and a selection of soft drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wide variety of entertainment in Victoria Park. Craft beer will come courtesy of local brewers Redchurch and Truman’s.
Films for all ages will be screened every day between Monday and Thursday with three free films screened each day. Films will be a mix of classics, new releases, family favourites and the best in world cinema. Film themes include All Points 80’s, All Points Musical and All Points Global World Cinema.
Short Films with Chisenhale Studios
Chisenhale Studios is an arts project supported by Tower Hamlets who will showcase Stop Play Record, a three-year initiative (2015-18), supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4, for young people aged 16–24 years who are interested in experimental film. In 2015 and 2016 Chisenhale Gallery commissioned filmmakers Ayo Akingbade and Raheela Suleman to produce two new short films as part of the Stop Play Record programme. Their films will be shown as part of the free outdoor cinema programme.
Live Music curated by Global Local
Each evening there will be free live music on the outdoor stage courtesy of Global Local. From Roma to rumba, Latin beats to Afro-funk, new folk to no folk, Global Local will bring the best emerging, culturally diverse musical talent the UK has to offer, with a strong focus on promoting acts based in Tower Hamlets and the surrounding East London areas. Full line up to be announced but will include sets from exciting local acts Dat Brass and Kasai Masai.
Creative Workshops with Hackney Arts
Hackney’s very own Hackney Arts will be popping up at the festival to bring their special brand of creative mischief. Setting up camp in their own technicolour tent, Hackney Arts will be running free drop-in creative workshops to ensure you get your arts fix and leave the field feeling inspired. With sessions from 3D drawing, henna design, making flower crowns, paper marbling, woodblock printing and more, you can drop-in any time and stay as long as you like to get your dose of arty festival fun.
Aerial Circus Performances and Workshops with Upswing
Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare! Tower Hamlets Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at All Points East In The Neighbourhood to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each day and evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists.
Yoga Sessions with MoreYoga
Come and join Tower Hamlets MoreYoga for free open-air yoga sessions throughout the day. Full timetable to be released – will Include Rise & Shine Morning Flow, Family Yoga, HIIT Hop Yoga, Laughter Yoga and Glitter Yoga!
Spoken Word with Penned in the Margins
From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London. Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade into a respected, award-winning literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online. They will bring a compelling free programme of spoken
Entertainment with Kazzum
Tower Hamlet’s Kazzum and Artist Arji Manuelpillai presents free one-minute raps on his three-wheeled trike. This very merry rapper entertains and interacts with unsuspecting passers-by as he regales them with a personal rap, on the spot.
Tennis Games with Tower Hamlets Tennis
Tower Hamlets Tennis is an East London social enterprise set up in 2012 to increase access to tennis in the East End of London. At In The Neighbourhood they will be hosting a free-to-play scaled down tennis court, suitable for kids, families and adults to play together and have fun without the usual tennis strings attached!
Children can look forward to a variety of free events including performances by Half Moon Theatre, interactive workshops with Coney, arts workshops with Stitches in Time, storytelling sessions with Museum of London Docklands and football workshops with Alive and Kicking and Colin Nell.
MONDAY 28TH – THURSDAY 31ST MAY 2018
OPENING HOURS: 10AM – 9.30PM DAILY
The full timetables for all activities will be released soon at: www.allpointseastfestival.com/in-the-neighbourhood.
The full line-up for All Points East (Friday, 25th May to Sunday, 27th May) and APE (Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd) is available at: www.allpointseastfestival.com.