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East End music and fun kicks off tomorrow to turn E3 into ‘festival postcode’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 July 2015

Right old cockney knees-up down the Roman Road... last year's festival when Street Patrol got them dancing in the street [photo: Oliver Lynton]

Right old cockney knees-up down the Roman Road... last year's festival when Street Patrol got them dancing in the street [photo: Oliver Lynton]

Oliver Lynton

Summer celebrations begin in London’s East End with two days of festivals this weekend—turning E3 into a festival postcode.

Traders getting ready for Roman Road Festival this Sunday and next Traders getting ready for Roman Road Festival this Sunday and next

This-year’s Roman Road Festival in Bow opens on Sunday and continues the following Sunday, both days starting 11am.

But festivities kick off tomorrow with a free seven-hour Saturday gathering by the Regent’s Canal with performers and free music workshops, at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, Grove Road, 12-7pm.

Performances are lined up from local bands, music groups and circus performers in the pavillion and on canal boats.

The performances end with a Gospel singing workshop at 5.30pm followed by a performance by the London International Gospel Choir at 6.20pm.

The free festival is being paid for by online crowd-funding.

It coincides with this year’s market festival nearby over the next two Sundays in the Roman Road.

This Sunday’s events include a screen outside the Idea Store library centre in the market place to see Wimbledon men’s tennis final live, plus outdoor games and children’s activities. Several fringe events are also planned during the week along the Roman Road.

The following Sunday, July 19, includes an Eid party and Bollywood dancing, as well as workshops on singing and dance, plus local produce and crafts market.

The festival is being staged by Roman Road’s local residents and business association which has teamed up with Tower Hamlets Council to celebrate “one of the most important town centres in the East End” and what makes it “such a quirky place to live”.

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