AN EAST LONDON Fringe Festival… you might wonder that it’s not been thought of before. In a way it has, in various forms, but promoter Sam Speaight wants to organise a festival under one title.
Taking place on five weekends this summer 2016 the ELFF will, his publicist says, celebrate “the creative spirit, heart and soul of inner East London”.
In a “stunning array” of both rarely and never-used open-air locations ins Shoreditch, including Shoreditch Park at N1 6TA, Hoxton Square N1 6NU and Boxpark, the festival programme will also play host to indoor events at Cargo and other venues.
Its director, Sam Speaight, says in his press release: “East London’s creative industries and arts communities stand at the forefront of global artistic movements and act as cultural leaders for millions of people around the globe.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to present this amazing series of events to the people of London…”
Hackneyites will be hoping that his extreme excitement leads to more than when he staged a series of shows in Australia. The 2011 venture, with Mos Def made headlines when performances by the Brooklyn-born rapper were cancelled.
Speaight relocated to London.
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