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About Open East Festival
Open East Festival – a weekend festival celebrating the first anniversary of the Olympics and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening to the public.
Watch the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games live on screen.
Join us for a two very special days in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with an amazing line up of music, artists, performers and chefs in a packed weekend of entertainment, family activities, art and food.
The Barbican Music Stage presents a line up of international acts including The Waterboys, Amadou & Mariam, Ondatropica and special guests Robert Glasper and Dead Prez. Meanwhile on the Caught by the River stage catch performances from Wire, Viv Albertine, Stealing Sheep, The Rockingbirds, and DJ Don Letts.
Kids can explore The House of Fairy Tales and the Discover Children’s Centre in the Timber Lodge Café. Everyone can enjoy a bounce on the life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge by Turner Prize-winning artist, Jeremy Deller, an encounter with Joey the War Horse from the National Theatre’s internationally renowned production or the chance to discover a future masterpiece at the Art Car Boot Fair.
Graeae, the company behind last year’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony, present their outdoor theatre production The Iron Man and there will be exhilarating performances from Xtreme Action BMX, Boy Blue Entertainment and Pandemonium Drummers from last year’s Olympic Opening Ceremony.
Sample London’s best street food vendors with the Real Food Festival where Fish dogs, Bhangra burgers and Mamma’s Jerk chicken are all on the menu. Some of London’s best chefs are represented including Salt Yard, Blueprint Café, Hix and Cafe Spice Namaste. The Ten Mile Beer Festival offers beers from local breweries from with a 10 mile radius of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Each day culminates in a finale delivered by Bompas & Parr, named in the Independent as “one of the fifteen people who will define the future of arts in Britain”, as the day draws to a close.
Barbican Music Stage in association with Time Out
Saturday: The Waterboys , Ondatropica, Guy Barker Big Band, Soul Carribean, Mali Foli Night with Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré, Fatoumata Diawara & Cheick Tidiane Seck
Sunday: Guy Barker Big Band, Bomba Estereo, Jupiter & Okwess International, U-Roy,
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 with special guests Robert Glasper & Dead Prez
Art and Design
Jeremy Deller’s Sacrilege & Acid Brass
Finale with Bompas & Parr
Art Car Boot Fair. Gavin Turk. Bob & Roberta Smith. Pure Evil
Caught by the River Stage
Saturday: Stealing Sheep, Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs, DJ Rhys Webb, The Rockingbirds, Jeb Loy Nichols and talks by Michael Smith, Bob Stanley in conversation with Pete Paphides, Travis Elborough, Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou.
Sunday: Wire, DJ Don Letts, Viv Albertine, La Volume Courbe and talks by Emma Warren, John Andrews and Charles Rangeley, Ian Rawes, Tom Bolton.
Ten Mile Beer Festival
Sam Brooks Brewery. Meantime Brewing Company. Tap East. The Five Point Brewing Company. Crate Brewery
Real Food Festival
Salt Yard. Blueprint Café. Dock Kitchen. Café Spice Namaste. Hix. Mama’s Jerk Station . Pizza Pilgrims. Big Apple Hot Dogs. Bucaneers Banquet on the Bridge.
Athletics on the live screen. National Theatre’s War Horse. Arcola Theatre. Pandemonium drummers. The House of Fairy Tales. Lone Twin. Crafternoon Tea Club. Floating Cinema. Discover Children’s Story Centre. Beau Belles Ice Cream Van – mass bingo.
Boy Blue Entertainment. Xtreme Action BMX. Graeae’s the Iron Man. Swing Patrol. East London Dance. Ida Barr. Sink the Pink. Gone in 20 Minutes. Geraldine Pilgrim. Rock a Hula. Theatre Royal Stratford East. Boogaloo Stu. Jive Aces. DJ set from Le KKC & Max Pashm.
Saturday: Acid Brass, Cuban Choir & Gerardo y Su Rumbaache, Hackney Colliery Band, San Koulekan, Tongues on Fire
Sunday: Brass Volcanos, LSO On Track, Bahgdaddies Voices, Hackney Colliery Band