Festival
For: Families
Min age: All ages
Entry: Free

What does the East End mean to you?

Diverse, creative and exciting, East London is home to many stories and memories. Explore other people's and share your own at this fun family weekend. Get hands-on with crafts and workshops for the whole family to enjoy, or sit back, relax and enjoy performances from some of the area's local talent. This festival has been developed in partnership with local people so come along to celebrate your East End.

Programme of events

Your East End craft market
Sat 18 Mar 11am - 4pm, Sun 19 Mar 11am - 5pm
Across the weekend there will be handmade items for sale by some of East London's creative talent. This market is in support of newly established and up-and-coming artists and designers in the East End.

Activities

12-3.30pm: Free Henna temporary tattoos
12-4pm: Poetry corner with Together! 2012
12-4pm: The story station with The Space art centre
12-4pm: School memories with George Green's School
12-4pm: East End bunting - draw your favourite place in East London on to bunting to add to our display.
12-4pm: Game on! - try your hand at some games from different cultures.
12-4pm: Cockney rhyming slang challenge
12-1.30pm & 2-3.30pm: East End postcard printing
12-1.30pm & 2.15-4pm: Pearly kings and queens
12.15-2.15pm & 3-4pm: East End designs - come and see our mural and add to the display.
12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30: Traditional Chinese calligraphy workshop
12.30-1.45pm & 2.15-3.45pm: East End maps - help us create a map of our East End.
12.30, 1.15, 2.30 & 315pm: Chanachur Bengali snack making
1pm & 3pm: African beats with IROKO Theatre Company


  • Saturday 18 March

Shadow puppets with Wilton's Music Hall
12-4pm
Join Wilton's Music Hall for a fun shadow puppet activity. Make your own music hall shadow puppet to keep and tell your own stories using the shadow puppet theatres.

The Heartstone Odyssey
12.15pm, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Travel on a journey from India to East London with actor Sir Derek Jacobi, along with storyteller and dancer Sitakumari, who will tell the magical tale of Chandra and friends as they go on a quest to overcome intolerance, prejudice and racism.

Music performances
2-2.45pm
Performances by Newham Senior choir, Newham Little Starz, EC Lighthouse Supplementary School, and Sputnik Association of Russian Speaking Women and Globus Supplementary School.

Dance performances
1-1.30pm & 3-3.30pm
Performances by Pioneer Dance, J’s Dance Factory, EC Lighthouse Supplementary School, Green Candle Dance Company, Ruggieri Dance Academy and Gypsy Dance.

Poetry corner performances
1pm & 3pm
Hear poems inspired by the East End read by members of Together! 2012 Pop-up Poetry Club and local primary school children. Inspired by the poems and written your own? Add it to the poetry wall or sign up to read it in one of the performances.


Sunday 19 March

Jewish Eastenders
12.30-2.15pm & 2.45-4pm
Join the Jewish Museum to explore the lives of real Jewish Eastenders who moved to the East End in the 1880s.

Shkembe Soup
2-2.20pm
Dance and music performance by Shkembe Soup.

Ruggieri Dance Academy
3pm
Dance performance by Ruggieri Dance Academy.

Abdul Miah: the story of a Lascar sailor
12pm & 2pm
Meet Abdul Miah, a Lascar sailor who came to England in the in the 19th century. Discover why he left Kolkata and his experiences when he arrived in London, the city at the heart of the British Empire, in the 1890s.

The Heartstone Odyssey
4-5pm
Travel on a journey from India to East London with storyteller and dancer Sitakumari, as she tells the magical tale of Chandra and friends as they go on a quest to overcome intolerance, prejudice and racism.

Poetry corner performances
1pm & 3pm
Hear poems inspired by the East End read by members of Together! 2012 Pop-up Poetry Club and local primary school children. Inspired by the poems and written your own? Add it to the poetry wall or sign up to read it in one of the performances.

Carradine's cockney sing-a-long
12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.45pm
Join Tom Carradine for a good ole cockney knees up around the piano. Young or old, these timeless tunes are sure to get your toes tapping and your hands clapping.

See what's on at the museum this Easter holiday

Visit the Museum of London Docklands this Easter and visit our exhibition Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail and see what's on for families throughout the holidays.

Festival
For: Families
Min age: All ages
Entry: Free

Gallery access

Access to the museum

10:00am - 6:00pm

Lift accessible