Becontree Festival – 14/15 August

Friday, 06 August 2021

Create will be in Parsloes Park next weekend as part of the Becontree Forever Weekender. The major arts and music festival is part of the Becontree Forever programme which celebrates the centenary of the Becontree Estate; the biggest housing estate in the UK.

This free event includes music, dance, exhibitions, performances and more. Come and see Create London – we will have a stall near the Sydney Russell School. Visit our stall to find out how we’ve been celebrating 100 years of our home – once the largest social housing estate in the world. 

Joy Labinjo’s mural Birthday Party on the Green (2021)
The mural can be found at the Blackborne Road entrance of Dagenham Heathway shopping centre.

Shezad Dawood’s Visions of Paradise (2021)
A major new public artwork on permanent display outside The White House.  The work illuminates its surroundings through a digital animation, hosted in a sculptural display.

Verity-Jane Keefe’s Becontree Collection Billboards (2021)
Installed in nine locations across the Becontree Estate, Verity-Jane Keefe’s new public realm exhibition makes visible some of the objects collected as part of her long-term project Living Together.

Blak Outside x White House Plant Stall 
Join in with growing activities and a Becontree herb sale from the multidisciplinary creative collective, Blak Outside

Art Club with Elsa James, 2020-21 The White House as part of New Town Culture. 

Procession with Elsa James and local families, 12pm
Celebrate the brilliant Becontree-inspired costumes made in our Family Art Club, with artist and activist Elsa James

One Room Collective performance, 4pm
Barking and Dagenham-based collective One Room have produced a new podcast series that imagines a future for the Becontree in sound. They will perform snippets of The New East Vignettes of the Future Past at 4pm at The Tea Room

Verity-Jane Keefe, Banjo on the Banjo (2021)

Create’s Short Film Programme
We are pleased to premier three exciting new film works that have been made to mark the centenary of the Becontree Estate. These will be screened in the Sydney Russell School’s screening room from midday until 4pm, on Saturday 14 August.

Free entry – No tickets are required and the event will take place subject to COVID-19 and following the current government guidelines. Read more about the festival here