Roman Road festival to end with a bang on Sunday

The Barbican's drum works will be opening the Roman Road festival finale street party on Sunday, Jul

The Barbican's drum works will be opening the Roman Road festival finale street party on Sunday, July 6. - Credit: Archant

This week Roman Road has played host to a cultural extravaganza – and the eight-day event is set to end with a bang on Sunday.

So far the festival has showcased heritage, entertainment and businesses from the area through events dotted up and down the well-known Bow road.

The festival, staged in shops and businesses in the area, ran from Sunday, June 29 and ends with a street party on Sunday, July 6.

It features a pop-up cinema, art displays, pizza-making, circus skills, music, spa sessions, DJ mixing, and a monologue from renowned local playwright Simon Stephens.

The closing street party will include music performances, children’s entertainment, a host of stalls and the men’s Wimbledon final shown live on a big screen.

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Each of the Tower Hamlets wards has its own resident-run forum, which is tasked with spending up to £10,000 on enhancing the local community.

The Bow forum has part-funded the festival using some of its allocated budget.

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Festival director, Tabitha Stapely, explained the festival wouldn’t be happening without the support of the Mayor’s local community ward forum.

She added: “These things do cost quite a lot of money and it’s fantastic to get this support from your community.

“This festival is a way to use the forums to reach out to the community. To be able to make our village a village again is a great way to create a sense of identity and place.”

All events are free, although one or two will ask for a charity donation, and shops and businesses are offering special offers, discounts and rare treats during the festival.

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