Open East Festival is a weekend of music food, theatre, family fun and more taking place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013 to mark the first anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The latest additions include Acid Brass, Ondatropica featuring Quantic and Frente Cumbiero, U-Roy, Bomba Estareo, Jupiter & Okwess International, Soul Caribbean, Viv Albertine, and Le Volume Courbe.
They join The Waterboys, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and a supergroup of Malian artists including celebrated duo Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Toure and Fatoumata Diawara assembled by Cheick Tidian Seck. Plus on the Caught by the River Stage will be DJ Don Letts, Wire, Stealing Sheep and The Rockingbirds.
Day tickets are priced at at £9.50 for adults and £6.00 for children, under 5s are free. To buy tickets now, click here.
Open East Festival celebrates the first anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the first phase of the Park opening. There will be a number of Games related performances as audiences remember the great summer of sport and culture. The Pandemonium Drummers and BMX riders from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony will make an appearance as will the Opening Ceremony choreographer Kenrick Sandy and members of Boy Blue Entertainment. Graeae present Ted Hughes' The Iron Man Directed by Jenny Sealey, the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony Co-Director, this classic modern fable features a colossal iron puppet taller than a double-decker bus.
For young visitors there's The House of Fairy Tales who will be presenting their Travelling Art Circus (with Gavin Turk's Space Pyramid), Discover Children's Story Centre, Charlie Dark on a hip-hop, poetry puppet adventure, The Hare and The Tortoise Remixed, and Joey from the National Theatre production War Horse. Plus a host of things to see, make and do.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park itself will have events and moving music performances programmed on the riverbanks and parklands with pop-up performances and participation throughout the day, culminating each day with a spectacular finale, details of which are being kept under wraps.
Sacrilege, the life-sized inflatable bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller will also be on site.
Bompas & Parr have been commissioned to create a spectacular finale which will be the climax of each day of the Festival. The duo are famed for creating dazzling spectacles including a scratch'n'sniff cinema, a walk-in cocktail, installing mini-golf and rowing boats on the roof of Selfridges, building a climbable mountain of chocolate and transforming Kew Gardens pond into a giant fruit salad. Details of the spectacular are being kept under wraps by organisers who aim to save the surprise.
Britain's chefs will be there too with The Real Food Festival creating a celebration of the best food producers in the country. Chefs including Cyrus Todiwala, Stevie Parle, Ben Tish of Salt Yard Group, Mark Jarvis of Blueprint Cafe and Kevin Gratton of Hix restaurants.
Street food vendors will also be on site including Big Apple Hot Dogs, Pizza Pilgrims, Horn OK Please, Mamma's Jerk Station, Community Kitchen, Hix Fish Dogs, Bhangra Burger with Dock Kitchen, Cafe Spice Namaste and Salt Yard Group.
Visitors will be able to sample beers from local breweries from within a 10 mile radius of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at The Ten Mile Beer Festival which will feature Sambrook's Brewery from Battersea, Meantime Brewing Company from Greenwich and The Five Point Brewing Company and Crate Brewery, both from Hackney.
The best local talent will also feature with leading east London artists and organisations taking part in the day's activities, including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Barbican Drum Works, LSO Discovery and local bands from Continental Drifts. Christopher Green, will lead a mass, inter-generational sing-a-long with friends from the east London community and Rebecca Davies will host bespoke East End mass bingo games around her Beau Belles Ice Cream Van produced by Artsadmin. Also produced by Artsadmin is Handbag, Geraldine Pilgrim's celebratory dance performance which features great music, dancing and handbags and will animate the areas on the riverbanks, and provide a Floating Cinema.
Plus an Art Car Boot Fair, and Urban Bazaar, an art and design community, showcasing the best in UK made, sustainable, up-cycled, vintage and contemporary design featuring Alex Noble.
Open East Festival builds on the long-standing commitment of the Barbican and Create London to bring great arts experiences to the heart of east London communities, and aims to commemorate the creative legacy of London 2012, celebrate its landscape, and bring it to life for everyone to enjoy.
More information will be here when available.
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