Preview: CREATE11 Festival, Restaurants in Residence

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Preview: CREATE11 Festival, Restaurants in Residence

The east London summer arts festival from the five Olympic host boroughs returns for its fourth year between 24 June and 25 July. And this year there's food on the menu.

Restaurants in Residence will bring us four weeks of seasonal British food cooked by chefs from London’s underground dining scene in a pop-up eatery. The Clove Club is up for starters led by the Young Turks Collective, followed by A Bit More of What You Fancy for the next course. Shacklewell Nights and Bistrotheque will round off CREATE11’s eating experience. Set menus (vegetarian option available) are £45 per person. The location of RiR @ CREATE House will be a closely-guarded secret until Friday 24th June. Founder of Restaurants in Residence Ben Rymer says:

‘The essence of the pop-up movement is about taking alien spaces and re-interpreting them for your own usage. What better setting to explore this ethos for Restaurants in Residence than Canary Wharf, as well as having as much fun with it as possible.’

CREATE House will also house two interactive installations from local artists.

Speaking of which, the CREATE11 festival general is massive. There are over 150 events under its umbrella across arts, theatre, dance, talks and walks and family friendly stuff. Highlights include:

  • Midnight Run, a nocturnal walk through hidden east London led by poet Inua Ellams
  • Re:Definition at Hackney Empire, a live music event uniting artists such as Kano with RoxXxan.
  • Duckie Lullaby, a sleepover theatrical storytelling experience at Barbican, breakfast included
  • Midsummer Open Day at St Augustine's Tower
  • Folly For A Flyover, a handbuilt venue for Hackney Wick, sat in the middle of the A12 where it crosses the Lea Navigation Canal. The folly will be a cafe by day and host film and arts evenings in the evening. You can also take a boat trip on the Lea for just £2 a person.

Check out the CREATE11 website for more details.

Photo by Stephskimo

Last Updated 12 June 2011