CREATE TALKS AND WALKS - part of the CREATE11 Festival, Friday 24 June to Monday 25 July

part of the CREATE11 Festival - Friday 24 June to Monday 25 July

CREATE11, now in its fourth year, is a summer festival for east and south east London which celebrates the intrinsic creativity of the area and is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. CREATE will feature over 200 events re - imagining the area’s canals, motorways, disused spaces, historic music halls, cutting edge galleries and open spaces. The festival showcases all kinds of home made - world class activities, across music, design, art, food and film. Over 32 days the festival will offer hidden dining experiences, outdoor screenings, a floating cinema, urban farming, secret parties, nocturnal walks, underground readings, contemporary live music, cutting edge exhibitions and family days out.

CREATE celebrates Europe’s largest cultural quarter: the Olympic Host Boroughs where over 12,000 artists live and work - Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Audience participation and involvement is central to all festival events and this is no better demonstrated than in the CREATE Talks and Walks programme.

The programme begins on Wednesday 29 June with Brief Encounters: The Future of Public Art in East London a panel event curated by The Contemporary Art Society which will celebrate inspirational public art projects across the 2012 host boroughs. The panel will showcase a mix of dynamic presentations, films and performances led by guest artists and commissioners. Held at the View Tube - a community building in Stratford, which was built using recycled shipping containers and with panoramic views over the Olympic Park - the evening will explore the impact public art can have in developing a sense of place and creating inspiring experiences for communities.

Speakers and performers include: Gavin Turk, 2012 Olympic Park Artist in Residence Neville Gabie and Pope & Guthrie, Head of Art on the Underground Tamsin Dillon, Up Projects director Emma Underhill and Invisible Dust curator Alice Sharp.

On the night of Saturday 2 July, award-winning poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams will take a small group on the Midnight Run, a 12-hour exploration of the city at night. Starting at 6pm the group will take in various east London venues and outdoor locations, dropping in on other CREATE events along the way.
One of the stops on the Midnight Run will be a disused bunker in Dalston, where writer Sukhdev Sandhu will read excerpts from his 2006 Art Angel commissioned, nocturnal and online journal, Night Haunts, in which sound artist Scanner and Sandhu chronicled the disappearance of the London nightlife. Deprived of light, the audience will experience a disorientating, spooky evening.

CREATE Talks and Walks exploration of London’s physical environment continues on Tuesday 5 July with Smog, Art and the East End presented in collaboration with Invisible Dust. Evoking a mysterious, Dickensian London of ‘pea soupers’ smog is quintessentially associated with east London folklore and has inspired artists from Monet to Turner. It has had an historic impact on how the East End has developed and is still affecting health and the environment today. Contemporary artists are now developing their own take and in this spirit Faisal Abdu’Allah’s new video Double Pendulum intensively explores the impact pollution has on breathing. Through an artist, scientist and historian this panel will debate this historically re-occurring issue that in turn cloaks us, inspires, and sometimes disables everyday life in the East End.

On 20 July, 6pm architecture practice Something & Son’s FARM:shop (an empty building in Dalston turned into the world’s first farm-in-a-shop) will be home to a series of events including a tour of FARM: Shop, with a special panel event featuring and Something and Sonwith Beatrice Galilee, architectural curator and writer, (Domus) on urban agriculture within art and architecture.
And finally, on Sunday 24 July, the Crafternoon Tea Club are taking over Dalston Roof Park with the their acclaimed Fash Mash Festivalette party - a drop in, pop up mini-festival promoting sustainable fashion which will be transformed into a DIY mini-festival with DJs and BBQ. With a mountain of unwanted garments – plus some help from the Crafternoon Tea team – people will be able to transform pre-loved articles into DIY individualised fashions. Crafternoon will supply customising kits and the raw materials to help ‘mash the fash’, but people can also bring their own cast-offs to add to pile.

Creatives previously involved in the CREATE Talks and Walks have included: Jason Bruges, Theodore Zeldin, Richard Wentworth, Run Dem Crew and Charlie Dark, Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Polly Toynbee, Iain Sinclair, Lulu Kennedy (director, Fashion East), Holly Fulton, Maureen Paley, Gregor Muir, Iwona Blazwick, Kate McGarry.