Creative festival highlights 'vanishing' skills


  • MAKEMORE festival, Victoria Park August 23-27
  • Thursday and Friday 3pm-10pm
  • Saturday Sunday and Monday 11am-10pm

Vanishing skills such as weaving, paper marbling and furniture making will be taught to the public this week, as part of a creative festival taking place in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets.

The MAKEMORE festival, which takes place from Thursday 23 – Monday 27August, will give independent artists and makers a platform to promote their crafts and share tips on how they make a business out of their skills.

The festival will feature skills which appear on the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) Red List of Endangered Crafts.

The inaugural MAKEMORE festival is a ticketed paid for event but under 10s can go for free. It takes place in the western tip of Victoria Park and will bring together more than 100 artists, and crafters and also feature street food stalls, a funfair and family friendly entertainment.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “Tower Hamlets is renowned for its creative industries and the council wants to promote independent artistry and celebrate the great talent of makers in the borough.   

“Sadly, many crafts are becoming defunct. This event at Victoria Park will give festival goers of all ages opportunities to try out a range of inventive activities.”

Independent makers will host workshops and demonstrations that visitors can get stuck into.  Organisers hope that the activities will inspire the public to take up a new hands-on skill, and show how entrepreneurial makers can make a business from their creativity. 

Research carried out on behalf of the HCA has found that cricket ball making, sieve and riddle making, gold beating and lacrosse stick making have all become almost non-existent in the last 10 years in Britain. Crafts including piano making, saw making, fore edge painting and metal thread making are also at risk due to an insufficient number of craftspeople to pass on the proper skills and knowledge.

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit said: “This new festival gives people of all ages an opportunity to put their digital devices away for a few hours and try their hand at something new and creative. It’s a great showcase for the huge creativity we have in Tower Hamlets.” 

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Posted on Wednesday 22nd August 2018