In the Neighbourhood offers free festival, employment and business deal for residents

In the neighbourhood


Four days of free activities in Victoria Park from Monday 28 – Thursday 31 May 2018.

Outdoor cinema, live music and entertainment, street food, pop up bars, theatre, arts, sports and wellbeing, children’s activities and much more

Victoria Park will be the ideal destination for fun loving residents and Londoners this week, as In The Neighbourhood, a free weekday festival brokered by the council with promoters Goldenvoice/AEG Presents, begins.

Tower Hamlets Council owns Victoria Park and awarded the All Points East Festival promoters the contract with an obligation to ensure that community benefits such as supporting business and employment in the borough are a key part of what will be delivered. 

  • The vast majority of performers and activities are based throughout Tower Hamlets and around Victoria Park.
  • Over 60 per cent of the food traders are either based near Victoria Park, have a kitchen there, or regularly trade in or around the park.
  • A Tower Hamlets resident has been recruited to the APE event management team and residentshave also been employed as stewards.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:Community benefits were a central part of our agreement with the promoters of All points East.

"Not only is In the Neighbourhood set to deliver four days of free activities, showcasing Tower Hamlets’ rich and diverse cultural talent, it has also provided a range of business and employment opportunities for our residents and entrepreneurs."

Cllr Amina Ali, Cabinet Member, for Culture, Arts and Brexit added: “In the Neighbourhood means residents and families in Tower Hamlets can enjoy dozens of free events and sample some of the culinary delights and beverages provided by local food and drink businesses.”

Programmed in between the weekends of All Points East, In the Neighbourhood features:

Street Food Market curated by Sourced Market

Sourced Market are curating the street food market at In The Neighbourhood, a proud local business with its HQ in Tower Hamlets.  Over 90% of the traders have deep, long lasting links to the surrounding areas of East London and the makers and producers are passionate about delivering the best ever food experience at a UK festival.  With culinary delights from around the world given an East London twist and British classics from local street food traders, all taste buds and dietary requirements are catered for in this dedicated market space.   

Pop up bars

In The Neighbourhood has an exciting range of pop up bars selling great refreshments from draft & craft beer to wine, spirits and cocktails, and a selection of soft drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the wide variety of entertainment in Victoria Park.  Craft beer will come courtesy of local brewers Redchurch in Bethnal Green and Truman’s which is based in Spitalfields.

Free Outdoor Cinema

There will be films for all ages every day with three free films screened each day.  Films will be a mix of classics, new releases, family favourites and the best in world cinema.  Film themes include All Points 80’s, All Points Musical and All Points Global World Cinema. 

Chisenhale Studios, Bow – Stop Play Record Films

Chisenhale Studios is an arts project supported by Tower Hamlets who will showcase Stop Play Record, a three-year initiative (2015-18), supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4, for young people aged 16–24 years who are interested in experimental film. In 2015 and 2016 Chisenhale Gallery commissioned filmmakers Ayo Akingbade and Raheela Suleman to produce two new short films as part of the Stop Play Record programme. Their films will be shown as part of the film progamme.

Free Live Music curated by Global Local

Each evening there will be live music on the outdoor stage courtesy of Global Local.  From Roma to rumba, Latin beats to Afro funk, new folk to no folk, Global Local will bring the best emerging, culturally diverse musical talent the UK has to offer, with a strong focus on promoting acts based in Tower Hamlets and the surrounding East London areas.

Free Aerial Circus Performances and Workshops with Bethnal Green based Upswing

Have a go at aerial and acrobatics with Upswing… if you dare!  Tower Hamlet’s Aerial circus company Upswing arrives at All Points East In The Neighbourhood to share how they blend aerial circus, theatre and dance together in a wonderful jumble that’ll have the audience gasping. Come along to see our free performances throughout each day and evening, then have a go in one of the free open workshops with professional circus artists

Free Yoga Sessions with MoreYoga

Come and join Tower Hamlet’s MoreYoga for free open-air yoga sessions throughout the day. Full timetable to be released – will Include Rise & Shine Morning Flow, Family Yoga, HIIT Hop Yoga, Laughter Yoga and Glitter Yoga!

Free Spoken Word with Penned in the Margins from Spitalfields

From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London. Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade into a respected, award-winning literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online.  They will bring a compelling programme of spoken word to Victoria Park.

Free Entertainment with Kazzum ­from Bethnal Green

Tower Hamlet’s Kazzum and Artist Arji Manuelpillai presents one-minute raps on his three wheeled trike. This very merry rapper entertains and interacts with unsuspecting passers-by as he regales them with a personal rap, on the spot!  He’ll bring smiles for free, making the ordinary extraordinary as he freestyles around.

Free Children’s performances  with Stepney’s Half Moon Theatre

Join Tower Hamlet’s Half Moon Theatre for four days of performances and storytelling. Watch a special performance interspersed with witty stories and interactive conversations.

Free Children’s interactive workshops with Spitalfields based Coney

Coney are interactive theatre-makers from Tower Hamlets who create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part and follows the principles of adventure, curiosity and loveliness.

Small People, Big Protest is made by Coney with families. The grown-ups present big ideas about the world and leave us with their small people.

Free Children’s Arts workshops with Poplar’s Stitches in Time

Tower Hamlet’s Charity Stitches in Time uses the arts to bring all kinds of people together.  At All Points East In The Neighbourhood we invite you and your family to roll up your sleeves and join our creative community. Each day we'll be doing different, free workshops. Help us to construct then join our junk orchestra, create a turner prize-worthy recycled sculpture, and feature in our giant collage.

Free Children’s storytelling sessions with Museum of London Docklands

Meet Mandy the Mudlark who discovers the remains of a mysterious Roman face pot. Who did it belong to and what tales might it tell? Discover Roman myths as Mandy tells the tale of Little Old Boy by Geraldine McCaughrean. Presented by the Museum of London Docklands. These sessions are aimed at children  5+ years old.

Free Children’s football workshops

Football workshops on Monday and Tuesday will be facilitated by Shoreditch based charity Alive and Kicking who make durable sports balls in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana, keeping adults in employment, helping children play, and raising health awareness through sport.

On Wednesday and Thursday these will be facilitated by freestyle footballer Colin Nell who has worked with some of the biggest brand names in the world for over 10+ years and performed in front of over 90,000 people at live arenas at UEFA Champions League Finals, World Cups, European Championships and World Championships.

Shows are not to be missed and are renowned for their interaction and their ability to captivate audiences of all ages! We guarantee a footballing experience that is new and diverse and gives football a whole new perspective.

Posted on Thursday 24th May 2018