Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Party in the Park 10 Highlights of Thiis Weekend's Open East Festival

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Party in the Park 10 Highlights of Thiis Weekend's Open East Festival

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Byline: Liz Hoggard

IT DOESN'T seem like a year since we were wowed by Danny Boyle's glorious opening ceremony of London 2012, but to celebrate the anniversary the Open East Festival -- a weekend of music, theatre and food -- is being held in the newly reopened Olympic Park, now renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Events take place in the northern end of the park around the Velodrome and down to the landscaped banks of the River Lea, and will feature many performers who took part in the opening and closing ceremonies and the Cultural Olympiad.

Only the live music is timetabled; otherwise you can wander around the park experiencing pop-up performances, DJ sets, dance and drumming, as well as events on the Caught by the River stage, which run throughout the day.

The Waterboys The band formed by Mike Scott 30 years ago headline the main stage with their fusion of Celtic folk music and rock 'n' roll.

Tomorrow, 8pm Floating cinema on the lake Another returning highlight from last year, the floating cinema (designed by Duggan Morris Architects with filmmakers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie) shows films by Oonagh Kearney, artists Tracy & Hobbs and Fevered Sleep.

Jeremy Deller's Sacrilege Another chance to jump up and down on the Turner Prize-winning artist's inflatable replica of Stonehenge, one of the biggest hits of last year's Cultural Olympiad.

Mali Foli A strong line-up for this journey through Malian music, with Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Toure, Fatoumata Diawara and Cheick Tidiane Seck.

Tomorrow, 6pm Seun Kuti with Robert Glasper & Dead Prez The youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Seun, now leads his father's former band, Egypt 80. He'll be joined on stage by hot jazz pianist Robert Glasper and radical hip hop artists Dead Prez. Sunday, 8pm The House of Fairy Tales The travelling children's art circus run by YBA Gavin Turk and partner Deborah Curtis unveils its new Space Pyramid -- a giant copper tubing structure you can sit inside and summon up magic powers. …

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