Now in its second year, following an explosive debut in 2015, East London’s foremost citizen-led arts festival is back with more free, festival fun for all the family!
DAGFEST is Dagenham’s outdoor festival of circus, music, street theatre and dance. This year it features over 280 multi-talented homegrown and international performers from across the UK, France, Spain and Belgium.
For updates on the programme like our DAGFEST event page on Facebook.
Travel and accessibility info: DAGFEST takes place on the streets and lovely green spaces around Dagenham Village, Church Lane, RM10 9UL and inside the beautiful 12th century Dagenham Parish Church. The site is flat and fully accessible. Nearest tube is Dagenham East on the district line (there is a planned closure between Tower Hill and Barking on the day of Dagfest)
Highlights this year include: Osadia, flamboyant Spanish hairdressers who will be transforming festival-goers hair into sculptural works of art, Folk Dance Remixed who mix up traditional English country dancing with hip hop, punk performance painter Jon Hicks, hilarious high-flying acrobatic show ‘Dynamite and Poetry’ from 15ft 6, the ‘Audience Orchestra’ where festival goers create a new symphony using everyday sounds and objects like balloons, plastic bottles and pots and pans, Harald Smykla the artist who creates incredible art from everyday objects like fruit, veg and £5 notes and the wonderful giant, mechanical and wooden games of Tombs Creatius.
Plus brilliant dance performances from multi-talented local stars: Konverse, Mature Movers, Bouddicea, Triangoals, Pulse Dance, Koby Turner, Versatile and Community Concord, and music from Bollywood Brass Band, the award winning Ripple School Samba Group and the Community Music Service Intermediate Brass Band.
We also have a huge range of food drink and craft stalls, face painting, temporary tattoos, bouncy castles and comedy walkabout theatre performances including Granny Turismo, Vegetable Nannies and Balloonatic.
DAGFEST is curated by a steering group of local residents and produced by Creative Barking and Dagenham.
Full details of timings and acts coming soon - we're just designing the programme!
A big thanks to all the Dagfest steering group members for their great ideas, enthusiasm and time. And special thanks to Wendy and Steve from Dagenham Parish Church for hosting our meetings and being so helpful and generous with their time and infrastructure for the festival.
We are very grateful for generous financial and infrastructure support from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Arts Council England and East Thames which makes DAGFEST possible.
We're also delighted to be part of the Global Streets Consortium led by Greenwich and Docklands International Festival which has enabled us to present the Audience Orchestra during DAGFEST this year!
Photo credits: Anita Adeshina, Jaybright Photography, Dabuju Media, and Georgia M Whyte