Thousands to attend Walthamstow Garden Party 2016

Asian Dub Foundation is set to headline Walthamstow Garden Party 2016, which takes place on 16 & 17 July featuring talent from across the globe.

Now in its third year, the free festival celebrates the borough’s creative and diverse communities.

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The Lloyd Park weekend festival will feature electronic pioneers Asian Dub Foundation performing the score from Mathieu Kassovitz’s seminal film La Haine as well as dozens of international and local acts.

The line-up includes Arabic musicians Alif, Brazilian MC Emicida, Angolan Portuguese producer Batida, Caribbean reggae and US soul from Mo’Kalamity & The Wizards, and French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux. A special guest artist is yet to be announced.


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The Barbican and Create have teamed up to organise the festival, which is part of Waltham Forest council’s ‘Get Together’ programme. The Garden Party is now in its third year is expected to draw in the crowds. It has already welcomed over 30,000 visitors since its inception in 2014.

As well as two music stages featuring international acts, the Worlds End field will feature physical performances and workshops, including artistic director of Shunt; Layla Rosa, circus performer Rosie Rowlands, and trampoline master Max Calaf.

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The News From Nowhere stage will showcase some of the finest music talent from Walthamstow and beyond. This year, the stage is being taken over by Beatroots Creative. Walthamstow Acoustic Massive will be presenting their latest work plus there’ll be performances from Mercury prize nominated folk singer Sam Lee and acclaimed duo Rocket Number Nine.

This year coincides with the launch of Keep It Free, a fundraising drive to ensure Walthamstow Garden Party can continue to invest in local artists and organisations to carry on attracting the best talent from around the world while keeping the festival free for all.


Meanwhile, the Earthly Paradise tent will host a diverse range of acts. The Barbican Young Poets present the highlights of their 2016 programme, supported by Junior Young Poets, a rhythm and poetry party from Inua Ellams, a night of stand up from Rose and Crown pub favourites Red Imp Comedy and emerging young filmmakers selected by Walthamstow International Film Festival.

At the Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee and Trail, William Morris Gallery has teamed up with Create to host a designer/maker programme. Presented both inside the gallery and outside on the lawns, children and adults will be invited to take part in activities exploring the legacy of the Victorian craftsman and try their hand at ceramics, embroidery, printmaking and more.

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The Barbican and Stow Film Lounge will present a slapstick and Fairytale programme of short stories for families at the Winns Gallery, featuring a Buster Keaton classic, fables, myths and legends from around the world with live music from Neil Brand and Stephen Horne.

Fellowship Island will offer a vision of future London as seasoned urban growers, passionate food and drink producers to cultivate a closer connection with nature and community in the city.

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Plus, the Real Food Festival will run the gamut of the best independent street food traders and Wild Card Brewery will sell a select range of bevvies at their Craft Beer Fair.

Barbican director of the arts Louise Jeffreys said: “The Barbican continues to build on its long history of working with communities and organisations from across east London to bring the best international and local artists to new audiences.”

The weekend is part of the Beyond Barbican offsite programme that reflects the institute’s long history of programming in partnership with artists and organisations in east London.

Walthamstow Garden Party

Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, London E17 5JW

Saturday 16 July – Sunday 17 July 12noon – 9.30pm (Sat) / 8pm (Sun)



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