Oxford House marks 130 years with Knowledge Arts Festival in Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 17:24 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:25 23 September 2014

Mr Wilson's Second Liners brass band will perform at the festival Photo: Duncan Elliott

Mr Wilson's Second Liners brass band will perform at the festival Photo: Duncan Elliott

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A community arts centre toasted its 130-year history with an exhibition to kick off its annual arts festival.

Misunderstood Monsters by the Half MoonMisunderstood Monsters by the Half Moon

Oxford House in Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, launched its Knowledge Arts Festival this month with 130 views.

The centre says the show challenges artistic conventions by giving artists the freedom to depict the show’s theme however they choose.

Visitors were able to view the works, meet the artists and sip a glass of wine.

An Oxford House spokesman said: “This is an excellent opportunity to discover first-hand the creative diversity of both emerging and established artists.”

Still Score by composer Tom AdamsStill Score by composer Tom Adams

The second festival runs through September and features theatre performances, visual arts, heritage and the launch of a pop-up neighbourhood Pocket Park. Highlights include music and street theatre from Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Brass Band, acrobatics by the Fulcrum Circus, composer Tom Adams providing a live soundtrack to 500 slides from eBay, and a Fun Palaces pitching competition to showcase new artists. The Half Moon theatre in Putney will present Misunderstood Monsters on September 20.

Oxford House was established in 1884 by Keble College and the University of Oxford to provide a centre of religious, social and educational work among the poor of east London. The festival runs until September 30.

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