Roman Road festival ends in an all singing all dancing bang

A performer from Chisenhale Dance organisation at Roman Road festival on Sunday, July 6

A performer from Chisenhale Dance organisation at Roman Road festival on Sunday, July 6 - Credit: Archant

An area known for its vibrant, lively buzz had reason to pour onto its streets on Sunday.

The final leg of the eight-day Roman Road festival boasted local talent through live performances, interpretive dance, food stalls, craft stalls and much more.

At one end of the road queues wound round stands selling home-cooked jerk chicken and at the other end, crowds gathered to watch a woman writhing and stretching into obscure shapes in the name of dance.

Natalie Clarke, 30, from the organisation, Chisenhale Dance, explained: “This is our community consultation. We’re encouraging people to tell us what they’ve always wanted to learn or something they’d love to do for fun. [They called this designing their fun palace].

“You then give us your fun palace and we turn it into dance.

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“Something like this is important for the community as we offer project support for body-based work of all kinds.”

The Victoria Park Singers wowed crowds with eight upbeat songs.

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Choir leader, Hannah Brine, said they squeezed in a practice in someone’s back garden before the performance, adding: “We did a lot of African and folky music today because it works a capella.”

She commented: “A festival like this is absolutely lovely, it makes you really aware of what businesses are around and what’s going on and it’s nice to feel people are committed to having a community.

“It’s nice to know who your neighbours are and I think people join a choir because they want to know the local people as well.”

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