Date: Thursday 14 September 2017
Performers, musicians, dancers, storytellers and artists from east London and beyond helped create a fabulous free festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last month.
The Living Art Festival attracted a crowd of thousands to the outdoor spaces in the north of the park, near the VeloPark on Saturday 26th August.
The festival was the culmination of a six-month programme of free arts workshops for residents of Chobham Manor, the first new neighbourhood at the park, and surrounding areas.
It was organised by Chobham Manor LLP, a joint venture between charitable housing association L&Q and Taylor Wimpey, working in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation.
“The idea was to create a unique free festival that made art accessible to all and within everyone’s reach,” said L&Q’s Maud Gambier-Ellis, Project Lead for Community Regeneration and Partnerships.
Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It was great to see communities, families and friends come together on the Park to enjoy this fantastic free festival.”
A popular series of Chobham Manor workshops had led up the festival. These included pottery, bird box making, African drumming, choreography, painting and drawing.
The festival was then developed around five core activities: music, dance, painting and drawing, photography and arts and crafts.
The result was a fun day out for people of all ages from Chobham Manor and miles around, all trying out activities related to the core themes – and watching some amazing experts!