Shoreditch Park is a relatively unimpressive green space tucked away behind the Regent’s Canal in Hoxton. There’s not a great deal there, bar a mini-BMX track and some grass, but this weekend, it won’t know what’s hit it, when the Shoreditch Festival commandeers it.
The theme of the festival is transforming local spaces and the park promises to be a riot of family tropicana, congo and mangoes on Saturday with a grand parade leaving the park at 11.45am. On Sunday, it will be full of trendy, young music things with unfathomable haircuts (ahem - and us..) as The 1234Shoreditch Free Music Festival rocks the park.
If you’re feeling too Sunday civilised for getting drunk and jumping up and down in the park then head down to Hoxton Square for some tea dancing and cake from 3.30pm.Pinkies out, now.
The Festival runs until the 19 August and there are stacks of free things going on: walks, installations, art projects, kids stuff, gardens, workshops, turntables, sports day, capoeira, ice cream and story-telling and stuff. Particularly intriguing to note are:
• Mr Shordy’s ice-cream van patrolling streets and parking up at Festival spaces chiming specially composed music from its Mr Whippy spouts
• It's not free, but for a mere £15 (or £3.50 if you're a genuine Shoreditch resident) you could catch an evening of burlesque at Hoxton Hall with "a completely original and spoof-tastic score of red, white and thoroughly blue numbers" (Weds 8 - Fri 10)
• Free runners and street dancers take over the Wenlock Estate on Sunday 12 August
The whole shebang climaxes on Saturday 18 August with a marvellous free, open air Proms in Haggerston Park. BYO blanket and thermos and keep everything crossed for more sun!
Image by Duncan Kendall courtesy of Shoreditch Trust.