Walthamstow Garden Party 2018

A free weekend of music, theatre, arts & crafts, food and family activity.

Celebrating Waltham Forest’s creative and cultural communities, this free annual event saw two days of music, crafts, food and family activity delivered in partnership with local organisations. We once again teamed up with the Barbican and Waltham Forest Council to present the fifth Walthamstow Garden Party on July 14/15 in Lloyd Park.

The first four years of the festival (2014-2017) each saw over 30,000 people attending and its now a staple weekend in Londoner’s diaries as the largest free festival in East London.

In past years, Create and the William Morris Gallery have teamed up to curate the Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee, a celebration of regional designers/makers drawn together in a programme supported by independent estate agents, The Stow Brothers. However this year, local makerspace and Create partner Blackhorse Workshop took over to present BODY BUILDERS: an experimental production lab of anatomical accessories that plans to release a new wave of human hybrids into the festival.

They invited applications to create this summer’s collection of reactive festival fashion, activated by the wearer’s body movement. Think extendable arms, altered vision goggles, creaking mechanical joints, pogo stick legs, hide and seek faces and retractable Pinocchio noses. They were created through simple mechanics, programmed through simple electronics or designed to generate sound or enhance movement.

They partnered with A New Direction and Create Jobs to work with local young people, providing them with practical experience of delivering a public activity, and an insight into the world of design, making and event management. Each maker was paired with a young person (supported by the Create Jobs team) who assisted the workshop and gave practical support throughout the weekend.

The festival’s music programme featured international musicians from around the globe alongside the best of local talent across its stages and tents.

Delivered by the Barbican in partnership with Create London and Waltham Forest Council.

The Useful and Beautiful Craft Marquee is sponsored by The Stow Brothers.