UEL to host urban arts festival

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 May 2015

UEL performers prepare for Fuel Festival

UEL performers prepare for Fuel Festival


A university will host an urban arts festival next week which will see staff and students deliver 40 theatre, dance and music events.

The Performing Arts department at the University of East London (UEL) will host FUEL 2015 from May 5 to 9 which will take audiences on an exciting local and international journey of artistic talent.

The festival, to be held at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, in Theatre Square, and at EUL’s studios in University Square, aims to showcase a range of urban acts, presenting the talent of emerging and established artists.

Audiences are encouraged to mix, debate and question throughout the festival and there will be a mix of events for students, schools and the community to participate in.

Staff and students from the Performing Arts department have collaberated to both produce the event and perform.

Each day of the event has its own name and the festival will open on May 5 with Emergence, which is based on theatre and applied performance.

Theatre student Ayeasha Mohamed said: “What is unique about Emergence is that it’s a rich blend of events that asks timely questions about the world we live in.”

Velocity, on May 6, is devoted to music technology and live DJ sets and Collide, on May 7, will showcase an array of choreographed urban dance forms live and on screen.

The finale on May 8 will host dance battles and workshops before all art forms are brought together on stage to close the festival.

UEL will also reach out to the multiple communities that exist in and around Stratford and Dr Jo Thomas will present FeMMuseTech project at St John’s Church, in Broadway, where there will be performance and debate about women and music technology.

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