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EAST 'FEST' 400 EVENTS AT 50 VENUES

PUBLISHED: 17:36 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

East Festival kicks off to a high note

East Festival kicks off to a high note

A FEAST of more than 400 events exploring the rich culture, creativity, and history of London s East End has kicked off. The second annual East Festival sees performances, exhibitions, concerts and lectures taking place at 50 venues across East London over six days till Wednesday

By Victoria Huntley

A FEAST of more than 400 events exploring the rich culture, creativity, and history of London's East End has kicked off.

The second annual East Festival sees performances, exhibitions, concerts and lectures taking place at 50 venues across east London in the six-day festival which is on until next Wednesday(March 12).

More than 150 bellringers at churches including Christ Church Spitalfields, St Matthew on Bethnal Green, St Botolph's Aldgate, Bow's St Mary and Holy Trinity and the mighty St Paul's Cathedral signalled the start of the festival at noon yesterday (Thurs) in a peal which rippled across East London and The City.

Two days of events, performances and free activities, including an 80-piece ukulele band, a junk samba band and creative workshops for kids will keep people busy tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday at the Barbican's Do Something Different Weekend.

Tonight (Friday):

sees music at the Whitechapel Gallery as indie-folk duo The Bicycle Thieves play, supported by bands from the anti-folk scene as well as visual artists, poets and DJs. Whitechapel High-st. 7pm. Tickets £6 from 020 7522 7888 or online

www.whitechapel.org

Saturday (March 8):

A vocal workshop led by jazz singer-songwriter Laka D is at Bethnal Green's Rich Mix centre, Bethnal Grn-rd, 2-5pm. Tickets £2 from 020 7377 1362 or online www.spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk.

The world's oldest surviving music hall is holding a 'Champagne Charlie' open day. Wilton's Music Hall flings open its doors for free guided tours of the historic building, 10am-5pm.

The Museum in Docklands at West India Quay, Canary Wharf, is screening rare film footage of East London, including Colour on the Thames, a glimpse of 1930s London in colour, at 2pm.

More information on 0870-444 3851 or online: www.museumindocklands.org.uk.

Monday (March 10) and Tuesday (11) :

An exhibition of intricate ink drawings illustrating the process of carnival design will be on display at Whitechapel's Brady arts centre, Hanbury-st, 9am-6pm, both days.

Also on show are costumes from past performances and photography from events including the Brick Lane Mela as Kinetika exhibits its five-year project Imagination Our Nation.

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Full East Festival listings are online at: www.findeast.co.uk

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