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Arty party: two east London street parties happening this weekend

Posted at 3:00 pm, July 18, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Outdoor London

whitecross street party

Two east London street parties battle it out for your attention this weekend – it’s limbo competitions vs street art on a rooftop. Where will you spend your weekend? Luckily they’re just around the corner from each other so you could always just do both.

Whitecross Street Party

An old school street party takes over EC1 this Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the launch of street art exhibition ‘Rise of the Non-Conformists’. It will tempt you in with a world famous street food festival, mad hatter’s tea party, live music, street theatre, and spray can masters doing their thang.

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This year’s exhibition will run for two months. No one knows exactly what will be there, but a number of decent urban artists such as Sam Haggerty and Wreckage International have promised to make an appearance.

Whitecross Street party, July 19-20, noon-6pm, Whitecross Street, EC1Y.

fete worse than death
[Photo courtesy of Stirling Ackroyd.]

A Fete Worse Than Death

A slightly less kid-friendly party (unless you don’t mind them having nightmares about killer clowns for the next year), this interpretation of a village fete is brilliantly bizarre with anthropomorphic vegetables, limbo competitions and limited edition T-shirts produced by Gavin Turk. There will be some great tombola prizes up for grabs too, such as venetian masks, a ride in a hot air balloon, and offerings from businesses like Paper Dress Vintage and Dishoom. Its aim is to highlight work from established and emerging artists and, like Whitecross Street Party, it’s launching the opening of an exhibition showing work from the YBAs before they were famous (open until July 31).

Damien Hirst & Angus Fairhu[Photo courtesy of Stirling Ackroyd.]

A Fete Worse Than Death, Saturday July 19, Rivington Street, EC2A.

If these don’t tickle your fancy, take a look at these other parties taking place this weekend.

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