Two day free festival - The Walthamstow Garden Party
Following the legacy of the Walthamstow Big Weekender and the huge success of last summer’s Open East Festival at the Olympic Park, to mark the first anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the Barbican and Create London are holding another free festival in July this year. The Walthamstow Garden Party will take place in the beautiful grounds at the award winning William Morris Gallery, for two days filled with an electric mix of music, theatre, arts and crafts. The Walthamstow Garden Party will feature two music stages, with a whole host of international artists including the soul legend Bobby Womack and African reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly. The other notable artists on the bill include the ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Chicha Libre, The Excitements, Ibibio Sound Machine and the E17 Jazz Collective.
Bobby Womack's critically acclaimed album, 'The Bravest Man In The Universe', released in 2012, with the help of XL label boss Richard Russell and Damon Albarn, saw the soul legend follow the release with a headline slot at Glastonbury last year, despite struggling with cancer and Alzheimers. The weekend will be filled with family activities including bowling taster sessions, a mini garden party for under 5s and the soul picnic chill out zone with DJs. The Real Food Festival will be bringing their extraordinary food from around the globe and a mini farm while E17 Designers Market will showcase Walthamstow’s vibrant culture through local artisan designers. Budding artists and makers over the two days will have the opportunity to delve into the legacy of William Morris through arts and crafts workshops and demonstrations, the gallery itself will open throughout the weekend.