See Victoria Park magically transformed into a modern day pleasure garden for a weekend packed full of events and entertainment in the heart of the East End!
Bank Holiday Weekend
Sat 24 and Sun 25 May 2008
1pm - 10.30pm
Victoria Park will once again explode into life, for a free festival weekend, boasting world class circus premieres and off the wall street theatre from No Fit State Circus and Laika/Time Circus, an open air music stage featuring Omar, Alabama 3 Acoustic and Unplugged and Ska Cubano plus the best in urban dance performance from Hackney’s Avant Garde Dance. The Tea Dance Tent features dance from the lindy hop and tango to rock and roll, whilst The Victoria Village Fete showcases local artisans and traders as well as a creative play area for children. Other attractions include the historic burlesque splendour of Carters Steam Fair, quirky side shows and installations including the delightful and eccentric Bar of Ideas, as well as delicious food from around the world, craft markets, licensed bars at pub prices and much, much more.
In the Victorian era, parks were pleasure gardens where the most thrilling activities of the day were on offer for families to enjoy. For Paradise Gardens we update this idea for the 21st Century, offering a dizzying array of artforms, stages and activities for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
As East London prepares to welcome the world in 2012, Paradise Gardens Festival, working together with our partners and stakeholders, aims to showcase all that’s best about our great city. We plan to invest in local artists and professional arts organisations, stage world class events for East London’s communities and visitors alike, and attract artists from all over the world to the East End.