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Acts announced for summer celebrations

Festival lovers across the borough will be pleased to hear that Big Weekender events will be making a triumphant return this summer.

Part of Waltham Forest Council’s ‘Get Together’ programme, which includes the Walthamstow Garden Party, the free weekend festivals promise fun-filled days for residents of all ages.

The Council can reveal some of the headline acts for 2015 – with ABC, Boney M, Mica Paris and Gwen Dickey performing in Ridgeway Park at the Chingford Big Weekender on Saturday 15 August. The weekend event, which continues on Sunday 16 August, also features a huge funfair as well as free activities including bouncy castles, peddle carts and climbing walls.

The Leyton Big Weekender kicks off at Leyton Cricket Ground on Saturday 4 July before Aswad and The Real Thing take to the stage to perform on Sunday 5 July. Sunday also features the landmark Waltham Forest Caribbean Carnival, for which the theme this year will ‘creatures great and small’.

And on Saturday 12 September, Cathall Green will host a day packed full of food and drink, arts, culture and live entertainment as part of the Leytonstone Big Weekender. Then on Sunday 13 September, the annual car free day in Church Lane boasts a range of entertainment and activities, and a celebration of the best local food and drink the area has to offer.

Another date for the diary is Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July, as this marks the return of the Walthamstow Garden Party. The Council is once again joining forces with the Barbican and Create to present the popular festival.

The Garden Party’s full line-up is yet to be announced but visitors to this year’s event can expect to see music and dance stages showcasing a range of artists and local talent, a story pavilion presenting local writers and performers and stalls and workshops from local designers. It will also feature a ‘Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee’ and an amazing range of street food from across the world courtesy of the Real Food Festival.

Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at the Barbican, said: “We were really pleased with the success of last year’s Walthamstow Garden Party and are looking forward to teaming up with organisations from across Waltham Forest to deliver an even more exciting weekend of free music, theatre, arts and crafts, food and family activities this summer.

“We’re currently working with schools and young people from across the borough on projects such as the Barbican Junior Poets programme and a talent competition to encourage expression through language and performance, and we will be showcasing some of this great talent alongside international and local artists at the Garden Party in July.”

All of the Council-organised festivals attract thousands of residents. Last year, 34,000 people attended the first Walthamstow Garden Party. 

The action-packed Garden Party weekend is produced by Barbican and Create in partnership with Artillery, William Morris Gallery, Friends of Lloyd Park, Lloyd Park Centre and The Mill.

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