Superheroes descend on Upton Park for family fun festival
PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2015
Superheroes will be coming out in force and taking over a popular market next week.
The first ever Green Street Festival is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday giving residents the chance to transform themselves into their favourite characters.
The event, led by Newham Council, in partnership with several charities and artistic companies, aims to bring local people together to enjoy the superhero-themed day.
Hackney based Brick Box is one of the arts organisations that will be taking part.
Rosie Freeman, from the organisation, said: “We are really excited to take part in the festival.
“It is going to be a lot of fun and there will be something for everybody.
“We’re especially excited for dance group Boy Blue Entertainment who will be performing on the day. Kendrick from the group is actually from Upton Park so it will be great for him.”
Visitors will also have the chance to make their very own superhero costumes and learn some power moves with the help of Maya Productions.
The festival will begin with a procession of costumes, banners and displays by local residents, school children and market traders.
It will start at Katherine Road Community Centre from 11.30am and come to an end at Queens Market at 12.30pm.
David Allies-Curtis, from Stratford based Rosetta Art Centre, said the organisation have been commissioned to make banners for the parade.
“It is a fantastic project which aims to really get the community involved.
“We have been working with people from the community to make the banners which has been very exciting.
“We hope this will be the first of many festivals to come to Greet Street. It is such a diverse area with so many different groups of people and it is a brilliant way to bring people together.”
During the day, guests will be able to taste a range of food from across the world, take part in sporting games, comic book workshops, and visit an exhibition based on the area’s local history.
Councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, regeneration and planning, said: “Events like this festival bring people together and builds community spirit. This is the whole ethos of our community neighbourhood programme.
“I hope as many people as possible come along and enjoy the fun and we see some innovative superheroes created.”
The main festival will be held at Queens Market between 12pm and 5pm.
For more information call 020 3373 0857.
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