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This weekend’s top free fun-time festivals

Posted at 10:30 am, July 13, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife
Shoreditch Street Festival

Hit the road at The Shoreditch Street Festival
Another weekend, another street party. This time it’s Hoxton Street’s turn to get flooded with actors, dancers, circus-performers and plenty of merriment. Can’t stay for long? Make sure you check out ‘Gone in 20 Minutes’, whose new shows should whisk you away and drop you back in Hoxton before you have time to say ‘But I’ve got to dash’. There will be plenty of opportunities to get crafty yourself, or you could always enjoy to fruits of other peoples’ labour by milling the street’s diverse array of market stalls.

Sunday will put music at the forefront of the agenda, with some super summery DJ sets and performances by jazzy upstart Iva Lamkum,  afro-latin-gypsy-funkers Awale, and wild South African dance headliners Shangaan Electro. And, for coiffure culturalists The Shoreditch Trust and University of the Arts London are presenting an exhibition exploring the Hoxton Street hair salon scene.

Festivities kick off at midday July 13 -14 . For more info, see shoreditchtrust.org.uk.

Lewisham People's Day

‘Pass the Dutchie’ at Lewisham People’s Day
With chart-topping reggae group Musical Youth headlining, Saturday’s festival will be the perfect chance to pass some love around and celebrate Lewisham’s multicultural community. Now in its 29th year, this annual event will be jam-packed with crafts and performances from around the world and international food stalls to take your tastebuds trotting across the globe.

There will be a showcase of over sixty acts, including Mat Ricardo’s Variety Show (fresh from the West End), R’n’B grandma Ida Barr’s unique brand of bingo, and the swinging South London jazz orchestra. And, for the actively inclined, there’ll be BMX stunt riders, fairground rides, and taster sport-sessions.

The Lewisham People’s Day runs between 12 – 8pm on Saturday July 13, in Mountsfield Park, Catford. See Lewisham.gov.uk.

Dalston People's Fetsival

Power to the people at the week-long Dalston People’s Festival
From Saturday July 13 a cornucopia of art, literature and history will be flourishing in the heart of Hackney. Diverse Dalston will be hosting a medley of music and dance with a hip hop arts education project, live jazz in Gillette Square, and folk music in the Eastern Curve Garden.

This outdoor extravaganza will include open-air film screenings, a street food feast, and a Mardi Gras carnival parade, as well as an interfaith forum, a spoken word event and film-making sessions. Oh, and all this will be captured on an online TV channel, so make sure to smile for the cameras. Dalstons’ Vortex club, the Arcola Theatre, and Hackney Brewery are all getting involved – so should you.

Kitty Knowles

Dalston People’s Festival launches on Saturday July 13. For more info see their Facebook Page.

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