Climate change festival back in East End

A festival of artistic performances and talks around climate change is coming to the East End for a second year.

More than 30 political artists will be leading events in and around Toynbee Studios in Commercial Street for the week-long Two Degrees festival.

The festival aims to bring out public debate on the recent government cuts to services and the detrimental effects they will have on the environment.

A cycling event on Sunday June 12 will include a graffiti tour of east London, a bingo bike ride and wild food foraging.

A pop-up caf� with a difference will be set up for a week with herbal medicine expert Rebecca Beinart working with powerful plants from London’s streets.

Meanwhile, a salon is welcoming in people who need a haircut and offering the service for free in exchange for swapping their opinions, experiences and thoughts with their hairdresser.

Sam Scott Wood from organising body Artsadmin said: “The festival is about empowering indivudals to go on and find out more about the issues that concern them and hopefully help bring about changes.”

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Hundreds of people turned up to last year’s mix of performances, films, installations and walks.

Part of a Europe-wide initiative to get more artists to engage with the problems of climate change, the festival runs from June 12 to 18.