Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dalston People's Festival - July 13th -20th - be a part of it!

If you want a stall at our launch event on Dalston Squarte on Saturday 13th July or if you want to perform/host an event during the week then please get in touch. Email: 

We are planning the Dalston People’s Festival - a week-long celebration in Dalston the heart of Hackney. At a time with so much to cause us concern, we want to celebrate the strength of the multi-cultural community that is Dalston. Already major venues such as the Vortex, Gillett Square, the Arcola, and the Eastern Curve Garden have voiced their support. The Dalston Square residents want in, and dozens of community groups, bars, and performers are exploring what they can do to make this event a resounding success.

The festival will utilise existing community venues, spaces and networks and will be sufficiently flexible in its format to include arts, literature, spoken word, cultural, history and community events.

This is a festival for the diverse people and communities of Dalston. We want every section of the community to bring a little of their culture and tradition to the party. While the festival will be limited in its geography to the Dalston area, we will be inviting the whole of Hackney to join in, and many community groups have already expressed their intention to get involved and showcase what they are doing for the community.

One of our aims is to bring our communities together, build trust and overcome divisions at a time when, due to the economic climate, the future for many of our communities is getting darker. We want to celebrate and showcase Dalston, but we believe that in the process we will also contribute towards building stronger community links that will survive and prosper long after the festival itself.

What will the festival comprise of?
Well we don’t know for sure, but if you have an idea, then let us know. Among the many ideas being explores are: live jazz in Gillette Square, folk music in the Eastern Curve Garden, outdoor cinema, a food fair, a community fair at Dalston Square, a stage with a variety of young and up and coming performers, an inter-faith forum, a community conference, showcasing a hip hop arts education project, a street parade (part carnival, part mardi-gras) a ‘street feast’, a spoken word event, film making sessions, a celebration of dance, an on-line TV channel for the duration of the festival (as well as a project to support the digitally excluded), we are also in discussion with the Hackney Brewery who are planning an open day to coincide with the festival.

If you want to know more then please register your interest:

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