Join us on Saturday 15th July for a day packed full of FREE Family Festival Fun!
DAGFEST is Dagenham's outdoor festival of circus, music, street theatre and dance. For 2017 expect circus performers, interactive theatre, local community commissions and lots of homegrown talent on our new Dance Stage. DAGFEST is curated by a steering group of local residents and produced by Creative Barking and Dagenham.
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Be sure to pick up your programme on the day for full listings and timings and to look out for all of these!
*Come and see a brand new circus and acrobatic show from Light the Fuse Theatre and Scribbled Thought, Playground Victories, a huge playground waiting to be conquered!*
*Watch in awe of Angie Mack’s Hoola Hooping skills and have yourself a go at shaking those hips*
*The Strong Lady will wow you with her strength and ability.*
*Sid Bowfin shares his love (and talents!) of the violin in a hilarious show of participation.*
*Thingamabob creates his own special contraption in front of your eyes, watch the hilarious scientist bring his invention to life.*
*Get taken on a journey into Lulu's world of clowning delights.*
Watch out for some cheeky Roo’s and some Paparazzi who cant wait to grab some snaps and a story! Plus something has come over the wheely bins on the festival site - can you spot Sid and Nancy on the day?
Our Community Commissions offer you the chance to get creative!
*With your very own festival headdresses with Susanna Wallis.*
*Make some noise! and create your very own drum and sticks with Green Shoes Arts, you can even take part in the Flamingo and drumming procession at the end of the day.*
*Random Generator bring their Screen Printing carousel to print your very own DAGFEST T Shirt, buy a t-shirt on the day or BRING YOUR OWN and get it screen printed for FREE!! (We love to recycle and upcycle!)*
*Harald Smykla invite you to transform bad news into good with his incredibly talented drawing skills*
*Thinkarts! invites you to celebrate you and your mind with a creative drawing and making, My Mind is Magical.*
*Come and watch how a date unfolds with Grace Duggan and her partner in circus Alex, as they discover their talents at the diablo…*
The Studio 3 Arts stage will have a specially selected programme running all day long! Sharlene Carter brings together local performers, dancers, singers amongst spoken word poetry, a version of the Studio 3 Arts dance battle 3style Friday as well as a dance class with Jade Hackett and so much more!
Our Get Creative workshops have been building momentum, from drumming away to creating and decorating flamingos for a fabulous finale procession.
*Come and join us along the way towards the end of the day for the final drumming performance! The procession starts at 5:15 in the Red Zone before the final performance on the S3A stage*
With Caribbean food, burgers, hot dogs and plenty of cakes and ice cream to keep you going through the day. Look out for a range of craft stalls and local businesses and organisations information stalls, find out more about your local area.
There will be faceprinting and the church will have a theatre performance and arts and crafts going on from 12pm - 4pm.
*Some activities will have a small charge. Please note craft, food and activities will be cash only*
How to Find us?
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.
There will be road closures on the day for the festival which means there will be no through route along Siviter Way. We strongly encourage using public transport where possible.
Parking: Can be found in Old Dagenham Park - this will be on the park itself and can be accessed from Ballards Road. There will be signage on the day. Parking costs £2.
Public Transport: The District line will be open on the day. The nearest tubes are Dagenham East and Dagenham Heathway, both on the district line.
Nearest Bus stops are: 103 (Ballards Road), 364 (Ballards Road). The 145 will be on diversion during the festival due to the road closure and will not stop on St Giles Avenue so it is advised to get off the bus a few stops earlier if selecting this route.