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Artsline, 7 June 2010, 17:04

Paradise Gardens Festival, Victoria Park, London E3
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2010
Midday to 10pm
Paradise Gardens Festival will be transforming Victoria Park into a 21st century pleasure garden; a FREE multi-art form festival presenting the best of East London and International talent and packed with activities for all ages.
Please come if you can, enjoy the festival, and tell us what you think!
You can find out more about the festival by visiting:
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Here's a guide to what's on in Paradise:
Paradise Stage
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June
The Paradise Stage plays host to a vibrant mix of styles and grooves, programmed by Continental Drifts and The Barbican to celebrate London music with global roots. Jazz Jamaica, Brass Roots, Soul Jazz Orchestra and many more make up the line up for a perfect weekend of music.
Ragroof Theatre
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June
The premiere of 'Gloves On' - a new outdoor theatre show developed with the boxing clubs in East London.
In front of a fairground façade, a barker whips up the crowd, and introduces his fighters for the spectacle. The audience are invited to take
the side of the champion or challenger as the boxers display their pugilistic prowess.
Street Arts
Pleasure Gardens, Tea Parties, Martians, and ant crawling are just some of the delights and mysteries you will experience on the journey through the worlds that Paradise creates....
Saturday 19th June
Pleasure Garden
An intimate performance in a formal garden. Audiences glimpse the innocent moments of Adam's first bite of the apple, through love letters and peacocks to the thunderous age of steam. Groups are escorted into the garden for approximately 15 minutes for bees, blossom, extravagant characters and elegant comedy.
Sunday 20th June
Leap of Faith
A celebration of the human aspiration to fly: paper wings, balloons, feathers, and flying monks!
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June
Mr Lucky’s Party
During a lively tea party celebration, party hats, and a cake, appear, however with each course the weather worsens, a downpour increases and thee mood darkens...
Performed to an evocative soundtrack with no text, it concludes with a bizarre, spectacular and unexpected twist!

Saturday 19th June
Little Box of Horrors
Experience a terrifying nightmare from your own perspective...
"A clever show that is an intimate, scary experience for an audience of one and simultaneously a spectacle for many. Watch it from outside the box, and it is rather comic; watch it from inside the box, and you feel as if you have fallen into Psycho!"
Lyn Gardner, the Guardian, 06 July 2009
Age 14+ only for the show inside the box, which contains scenes which some audience members might find disturbing. From outside the box the show is suitable for all ages. The box is a small dark confined space with a seat, and headphones are used.
Sunday 20th June
Une Boite Andalouse
At surreal adventure... The moon appears in the night sky, a man sharpens his razor....nothing again is as it seems. Keep up with the fast paced, bizarre medley, an egg swallowing, ant crawling, horse-dragging treat!

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. Watch out for the Giant Egg and Spoon race!
Come and find the dream world created by Victoria Park Books, read a story, make a wish and travel through space.
The East End WI Tea and Cake Stall will be providing a chance to grab a cuppa and a slice of delicious cake.
Saturday 19th June
Wishful brings Saturday at Paradise Gardens to a close with extraordinary fountains of light and fire on water.
Follow the amazing Earth Giant to the waterside to make a wish and watch hand made illuminated rafts carry people’s pledges across the water. Then the Giant’s Garden of Paradise comes to life to greet a magnificent visitor from the Moon
To take part in this event you can make your own Wishing Raft during the day at Paradise Gardens in the Earth Giant’s Potting Shed or ask your community centre, youth club or school to get involved by contacting Emergency Exit Arts on
Young London: Into Music
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June
This summer, celebrate the next generation of music talent in the Host Boroughs. 2009 saw the launch of a new urban music festival programmed and produced by young creatives - Young London: Into Music. Paradise Gardens is proud to say that we are launching the Young London: Into Music Stage with the hottest new talent from Community Music, Continental Drifts.
The Beautiful Octopus Club
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June
Heart n Soul return with the Beautiful Octopus Club, London’s longest running multi-media club event.

By day, listen to quirky beats, strike a pose in the unique boutique or chill on the beach. By night, party with our larger than life characters whilst enjoying fantastic live music performances. Expect surprises around every corner.
Featuring: Lizzie Emeh, Jazztronics, Music of Pino Show and Heart n Soul DJs.
Carters Steam Fair
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June.
This is a ticketed attraction. Tickets available at each ride.
Carter’s recreates the pleasures of a visit to the fairgrounds of days gone by with rides dating back to the 1920s, all lovingly restored to their former glory.
Electro Ballroom. Daytime Dancing and Club Nights
Satuday 19th and Sunday 20th June
London Swing Society starts the weekend by leading you through the dance hall eras. Hotting up the temperature for the Saturday Night, London’s finest, Electro Swing plays host to the big band tunes for 00s
Sunday sees the ballroom housing T Mobile's Big Dance, Folk Dance Remixed – the hip hop barn dance! Closing this array of acts is Arriba La Cumbia, the rock and roll of Latin America.
19th June - 4th July
In association with the Barbican, Tower Hamlets present Footsbarn Travelling Theatre’s Sorry!
Clowns, undertakers, actors, tractors, corpses and horses. Theatre and Circus are what you’ll find when your visit the world in the big top!
This is a ticketed show.
For information on performance times and ticket prices please contact the Barbican Box office:
Telephone: 0845 120 7511
Minicom: 020 7382 7297
SMS Textphone: 020 7256 9577
The Banstand Arena
Avant Garde Dance
Following the success of the last two years Avant Garde Dance will
again be presenting a brand new show commissioned by Paradise Gardens and premiering exclusively at the Festival.
The show is an original, fresh, contemporary circus dance piece which will surprise and delight festival goers.
Healthy Borough Programme
Get fit and have fun with GLL, who will be running a varied programme of activities aimed at all ages and abilities. Outside mini-football area, sport coaching, information, competitions, goody bags and Healthy Living advice.
Dance your way across the site with the participation events that will be happening across the weekend.
Food and drink
There will be stalls throughout the site, where you can buy delicious drinks, snacks and meals.
Access Information
Victoria Park has large areas of short grass with good tarmac paths running between. The site is open to the weather, which affects ground conditions. Some performance and activity areas are sheltered, (in tents), and some are open.
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.
There is a controlled parking zone around Victoria Park.
Public Transport
These are the nearest stations, with distances from them to the park:

Mile End tube - 1 mile
Bethnal Green tube - 1.2 miles
Hackney Wick BR - 1.1 miles
Cambridge Heath BR - 2.1 miles
These buses stop close to the park:
277, D6, 30
Accessible Toilets
There will be 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.
Viewing Platforms
There is a viewing platform for the Paradise Stage, and one of the accessible toilets will be situated right by the platform.
First Aid and Welfare
There will be signposted information/welfare and First Aid points on the festival site
Quieter areas
The festival site can be very busy, particularly if the weather is good, but there are adjacent areas of Victoria Park which are quieter if you need a break from the crowds.
A map and running order to help you navigate around the site will be available shortly to download from our website, and copies will be available from the information tent on the day,
British Sign Language
BSL information will 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 us to find out more about this.
Warning: Please note that strobe effects may also be used at the event.
If you would like more information or have any questions about access please contact Tower Hamlets Arts and Events:
020 7364 7909
And for more detailed information about the festival please go to:

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