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News: Paradise Gardens 20th and 21st June 2009

Artsline, 15 June 2009, 23:48

Once again the partnership of Remarkable Productions and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets brings you a FREE festival weekend packed full of amazing activities for people of all ages.
We have been working hard to improve access for Deaf and disabled people and hope you can join us and enjoy this fantastic festival and let us know what you think! Please see page 3 for access information.
What’s on in Paradise:
Music on the Paradise Stage
Musical highlights, programmed by Continental Drifts, include The Dynamics and Soothsayers, and on Sunday we feature a partnership with Barbican’s Cuba 50 programme, which includes the seminal Charanga group Orquesta Aragon
Street Arts
From Barnaby Gibbons with bucketfuls of laughter, skillful mime, and accomplished physical comedy, to Brain Wave, a thought-provoking new visual show all about the mind there are Street Arts performances around the site to delight everyone.
Side shows
Visit the Miniscule of Sound, the world’s smallest nightclub, and Bored Brand’s Digital Funfair with its cornucopia of digital technology, combining dance music, film - and stuff they find lying around in the street! We are also featuring one of the last remaining ‘Wall of Death’ motorcycle shows in the world!
Special Commissions
The Silver Tree. Hip hop dance pioneers Avant Garde Dance have been working with Chinese pole artists on this new commission for the Festival. Expect an create an original, fresh, contemporary circus dance piece.
The Bar of Ideas, newly developed into a full performance piece from last year’s installation, it now features street theatre comic magicians Cocoloco – the show is ticketed so make sure you book your place when you arrive on site.
Circus Ronaldo This renowned Belgian circus will be, performing ‘La Cucina dell’Arte’ on Saturday and Sunday evenings. There are only 900 tickets – when they’re gone, they’re gone, so book now! Details on our website.
Heart n Soul’s Beautiful Octopus Club – Saturday
On Saturday enjoy the first full outing at a mainstream festival of The Beautiful Octopus Club, led by artists with a learning disability.
By day, build a sand castle, listen to the quirky beats or simply chill out on the beach. By night, head to the end of the pier and dive into the mysterious waters of the club zone.
Solution Sound System - Sunday
On Sunday the same venue is taken over by local festival favorites Solution Sound System, featuring Dub & Reggae sounds from Jamaica and home-grown talent from the UK.
Spiegel Tent – day time - Tea Dance
Take classes in a selection of dances from the 1920s to the 1950s, or sit and enjoy dance demonstrations while savouring the delicious tea and cakes on offer from the East End Women’s Institute.
Spiegel Tent – evening - Cabaret
On Saturday steam punk innovators White Mischief take the stage. Expect to see pith-helmeted adventurers rapping to a hip hop beat or Industrial Revolution mad scientists interacting with the crowd via a laptop
On Sunday Variety specialists Toot Sweet bring you some of the
London's finest variety, cabaret and neo-burlesque performers. There will be high energy gutter-swiping blues, swing, rockabilly, vegas grind, 60s garage, lounge, soul, ska and rock 'n' roll!
People’s Palace
A spectacular 5 ring tent, presenting a nu folk line up from Magpie’s Nest on Saturday. On Sunday join the specially invited panel of well known faces to discuss this year's Instigate Debate question : Freedom – are we losing our everyday liberties or is it a necessary response to our modern age?
Victoria Village Fete
Things to do, make and eat for all age groups including a creative play area for kids filled with toys, games and fun activities.
Food and drink
There are a myriad of gastronomic delights on sale from a wide variety of food traders across the site, and there are licenced bars offering liquid refreshments of all kinds.
Access information
Paradise Gardens is on a green-field site with tarmac paths connecting main areas. Some areas are sheltered (marquees) and some are open. Weather and ground conditions may be variable.
Blue-badge parking, and a drop-off/pick-up point for disabled people are available, please follow directions from Grove Road. The route from the parking areas to the site is over tarmac paths. For public transport information please see our website (address below).
Accessible Toilets
There are accessible toilets on site, (these are ‘festival style’ portable toilets). They will be clearly signposted, and their location shown on ‘you are here’ maps around the site, and on the map in the festival programme.
Access for people with a mobility impariment
There is a viewing platform for the main Paradise Stage throughout the festival, and a viewing platform in the Beautiful Octopus Club on Saturday.
There are a few performances which are not accessible, or easily accessible, for people with a mobility impairment, (including the ‘Wall of Death’ – a period construction which is accessed by steps, and some of the side-shows which may be awkwardly small).
BSL information is available at the information tent, and a BSL/English interpreter will be available for some performances, please come to the information tent for details on the day, or email to the address below before Saturday 20th June.
If you would like more information or have any questions about access please contact Christine on:
020 7387 1203
And for more detailed information about the festival please go to:

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