Following a successful first year in 2014, Create and the Barbican once again joined forces with Waltham Forest Council to present Walthamstow Garden Party 2015. The free two day festival attracted over 35,000 visitors to Walthamstow’s beautiful Lloyd Park.
Working in partnership with local organisations, the weekend celebrated Waltham Forest’s creative and cultural communities through a programme of music, theatre, film, arts & crafts, food and family activity.
The festival’s music programme featured the best of local talent alongside international musicians including afrobeat pioneers Femi Kuti & The Positive Force; rising UK hip-hop star and Mercury Music Prize nominee Ghostpoet; 12-piece Columbian salsa band LA-33; and legendary Jamaican ska band Skatalites. Across the weekend the Stow Festival curated two hours of music each day that showcased some of the best talent from the Walthamstow music scene.
The theatre and dance programme included performances and workshops by award-winning hip-hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment; acts from Leyton-based Gravity Circus Centre; a workshop fusing Kathak and Bollywood dance styles by Khyal Arts; and Fevered Sleep’s Little Universe, a playful performance for under 7s and their families. The Winns Gallery was transformed into a pop-up cinema, offering a unique line-up of animations from around the world and Artillery Island (in the garden’s moat) hosted a programme of poetry, readings, storytelling and comedy alongside the opportunity to taste and buy local produce at the Appetite Festival. The Useful & Beautiful Craft Marquee presented a designer/maker focused programme inspired by the life and work of William Morris, which invited children and adults to follow a trail around the park and try their hand printmaking, woodwork, jewellery-making, ceramics and more.
The weekend also featured a traditional sports day, walks and talks, and a Mini Garden Party by Lloyd Park Children’s Centre. The Real Food Festival brought food from around the globe while E17 Designers Market showcased local artisanal designs. The E17 Community Marquee offered the opportunity for locals to meet and inspire each other, celebrating the activity of the Walthamstow community.
The weekend’s full programme can be viewed on the Garden Party’s dedicated website.Delivered by the Barbican in partnership with Create and Waltham Forest Council.
The Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee and Trail was supported by The Stow Brothers.