CREATE10 summer festival launches in Hackney

The annual summer festival which celebrates arts and culture in the five host boroughs for the 2012 Games returns this year from 19 June to 1 August.

CREATE10 presents home-grown, internationally acclaimed artists including Hackney singer Paloma Faith, artists Gavin Turk and Jason Bruges, and award-winning comedy team Punchdrunk.

Highlights of the programme in Hackney include underwater music at London Fields Lido, Dance Nations Dalston brought to Gillett Square by the Barbican, ‘Hackney’s Here’ exhibition by local children and artists, and the Shoreditch Festival. Events at the Arcola Theatre and Hackney Empire are also included in the line up.

Hackney Council leads on CREATE for the five host boroughs. Speaking on behalf of the Host Borough Cultural Partnership Board, Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said:

“The arts are thriving across our neighbourhoods and CREATE10 provides the perfect platform to show the great world-class creative talent that lives and works in east and south east London. This cultural festival truly belongs to the people of the five host boroughs and I hope it will inspire many more of us to join in and take part in shaping a legacy for the arts from the 2012 Games.”

During CREATE10, the urban music festival Young London: Into Music creates the opportunity for over 150 young people aged 14 to 23 to be trained and mentored before starring alongside big names in grime, dubstep and indie.

This includes Hackney’s Rising Tide performing at ‘Spotlight LDN’ on Saturday 17 July from 7pm at O2 Indigo, The O2.

Future Histories will run a series of discussions across art, politics and ideas, invention, industry and fashion design for local audiences involving leading artists, designers and creatives.

From 8 to 11 July, Hackney artist Robin Turner will take to the borough’s roads in his specially commissioned roving vehicle, stopping at Homerton Hospital and Haggerston Park to explore the changing urban landscape. By day, people will be able to take part in nature activities – from workshops, talks and walks, to picnics and photography. While every evening, the van will be transformed into London’s smallest arts space presenting acoustic gigs, DJ sets, readings and more.

Throughout July, he will visit all five host boroughs – Hackney, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest - with his arts project entitled ‘Roam’ which won this year’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award.

Robin Turner said: “I want Roam to give a stage to East and South East London’s natural gems, from fishing to bird watching and mud-larking, to wild swimming and nature photography, to poetry. People will be able to come along and just listen to the sounds of the country inside the vehicle.”

He added: “I think CREATE is brilliant. There are so many events that everyone can take part in. It acts as a great umbrella, and since it is linked to the five host boroughs for the 2012 Games, it’s like having an arts legacy before the Games have even happened.”

The CREATE festival is sponsored by Deutsche Bank this year and celebrates the unrivalled wealth of home-grown world class talent that thrives in East and South East London. The five host boroughs are home to the largest cultural quarter in Europe - over 12,000 artists are based here alongside a growing number of leading creative companies and cultural institutions, iconic arts venues and an extraordinary range of communities.

The festival is a partnership of more than 100 arts organisations including The Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, 02, Arts Admin, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Punchdrunk, Arcola, Chisenhald Gallery, and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

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To find out more about The Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award winning project ‘Roam’, visit: