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Party time for thousands of residents

Walthamstow Garden Party 2015
More than 30,000 residents let their hair down on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July when the Walthamstow Garden Party returned for another action-packed weekend.

Waltham Forest Council once again joined forces with the Barbican and Create to stage the free event, which boasted two days of music, theatre, spoken word, arts and crafts, food and family activities in Walthamstow’s Lloyd Park.

The Barbican Music Stage featured a number of top acts over the weekend including Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, LA-33, Nozinja, Boy Blue Entertainment and Kasai Allstars.

The festival also showcased a range of local talent. Visitors were able to visit a Useful & Beautiful Craft Marquee, discover the latest projects from arts development organisation Artillery, explore the William Morris Gallery, and take advantage of a Real Food Festival, E17 Designers' Market, pop-up cinema and circus.

The free event is part of the Council’s ‘Get Together’ programme, which includes Big Weekender festivals in Chingford, Leyton and Leytonstone – as well as the Waltham Forest Mela.

The ever popular Waltham Forest Mela returns to Chestnuts Field from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday 2 August, celebrating the best of Asian culture with music, dance, fun activities for all the family plus a variety of tantalising food and drink.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “It was fantastic to see Waltham Forest’s community and visitors to the borough getting into the party mood and coming together in celebration at the Garden Party.

“Through our Get Together programme, we want to shine a spotlight on everything that makes Waltham Forest such a great place to live – our vibrant communities, array of local talent and borough-based businesses, and beautiful parks and open spaces to name just a few.”

The Walthamstow Garden Party was produced by Barbican and Create in partnership with Artillery, William Morris Gallery, Friends of Lloyd Park, Lloyd Park Centre and The Mill. You can see photos of the event on the Council’s Flickr page.

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