As the name so aptly suggests, the Open East Festival will see the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park officially open for the very first time since the closing ceremony at the Paralympics last year. The weekend of the 27th and 28th of July will see a flurry of activity descend on the north end of the park.
This two-day extravaganza promises great food, music, entertainment and fun for the entire family to enjoy. Marking exactly a year since the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, this is the first phase in the staggered re-opening of the park, which will be entirely open next spring. As Boris so aptly put it, “The sizzling line up of music, performance and food makes the Open East Festival a fabulous curtain-raiser to another exciting summer in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
The Barbican and Create London, the joint organisers of the festival, have compiled an eclectic mix of events and activities, from maple dancing and bingo to the Crafternoon Tea Club and the House of Fairy Tales.
Much like the dramatic and theatrical performances that heralded the opening of the Olympic stadium last summer, Open East promises to not just ride on the coattails of the Olympic success, but generate a new and exciting experience that can stand on its own. The festival very much aims to evoke the spirit of the Olympics through showcasing new and local talent. Pandemonium Drummers and the BMX riders from the Olympic opening ceremony will be performing, as well as a host of other hugely varied performances from musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, circus acts and more.
The festival very much celebrates the creative legacy of last year’s events. Joey, the beloved horse from War Horse will be trotting around the park, happy to say ‘neigh’ to all, while various talks and readings will be taking place throughout the weekend, focused around the topic of London. If you fancy an amble or picnic by the riverbanks and parklands, you may be lucky enough to run into one of many random pop-up performances taking place. Two main stages will play host to many a live music performance, from almost every music genre.
We are also super excited about the scrumptious food on offer from the Real Food Festival, which will comprise over 70 stalls from London’s best street food sellers and producers.
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