DAGFEST 2018

Back in Dagenham Village for a fourth year and steered by our Cultural Connectors we can't wait to welcome you to DAGFEST on Saturday 7th July! 

This year we will be bringing: 

Tangled Feet with a circus and outdoor theatre piece, THAT PARKING SHOW. The Royal Opera House with an interactive performance of SWAN LAKE. OSADIA are back and invite you to have a very special hair makeover. A stage of amazing local groups, dancers, performers and muscians produced by Sharlene Carter. James Wilton Dance Company with a new dance piece that combines martial arts with dance and movement called The Storm. Everyone Everyday will be opening up the Play Street and invite you to join them at their Open Table. Green Shoes Arts have been working with local people and participants to create and interactive treasure hunt around Dagenham Village! Dick Danger brings daredevil stunts.

Our panel of Cultural Connectors decided to award three Community Commissions this year and we are excited to welcome The Young Creatives and Sofa Slammers from the White House.  Harald Smykla will transform Bad news into good through a painting. Neesha Badhan will run creative workshops based on culture and what that means to you.

Throughout the festival there are even more chances to Get Creative! Susanna Wallis will be running mosaic workshops throughout the summer and brings a pop up stall to DAGFEST. Jacqueline of Balloon Academy (and Cultural Connector) has FREE Balloon workshops. Grape Arts aim to inspire older people and younger people to come together and create something new, you will find them in the Tea Tent. Random Generator are back with T Shirt Printing. You Me Arts will be running interactive music sessions and be ready for their fantastic finale with the Marsh Green Drummers

Watch out for Handbag, Geraldine Pilgrims pop up participatory performance working with local dancers will appear at different times throughout the day. Look out for those Parking Wardens! Football Crazy invite you to play a game on the World's ONLY mobile football stadium. 

Kino Van share archive footage from across Barking and Dagenham. They have very kindly allowed us to screen the winner from the World Cinema Film Festival on the day as well!

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The Tea Tent this year has been kindly supported by Rowallan House Day Care Centre.  After a very successful offer last year and with Rowallan's support we are able to offer FREE tea or coffee and a cake to the first 100 Over 65's! Head over to the Red Zone, take a seat and settle in with a cuppa. 

Check out the festivals facebook event page here. 

Plus there are many different ways to get involved with DAGFEST in advance of the festival including being part of Geraldine Pilgrim's performance of Handbag, Mosaic Workshop and we welcome back The Strong Lady for a special workshop growing your mental and physical strength, check out full details below.

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HANDBAG - Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company - including performers from Barking and Dagenham

A celebratory performance involving lots of people, great music, dancing and handbags made for ballrooms, theatres and unusual spaces.

“In an outside space, caretakers sweep away the remnants of a previous event. A woman enters and puts down her handbag. A beat begins and the sound of a classic dance track fills the air……”

“positive and uplifting. Made me want to dance the night away.”
Audience member, BAC

“A witty and wistful performance that, in a few delirious moments, succinctly makes the point that no woman needs a man when she has got her handbag in tow.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Handbag was originally commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre
 
This performance is a celebratory gem and if you are from Barking and Dagenham and you'd like to take part in Handbag: Please contact prem@creativebarkinganddagenham.org for more information!


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Mosaic Workshop

Monday 2nd July, 5pm - 7pm, Dagenham Parish Small Church Hall, Dagenham Village RM10 9UL

Join local artist Susanna Wallis for a GET CREATIVE session at the Dagenham Village Parish Hall. To start the DAGFEST programming this year for the village we are inviting you to participate and support the installation of a mosaic or a mosaic trail. We are inviting local residents to come along to suggest ideas and learn mosaic techniques.

Dagenham Village is an historic gem in our borough and in order to highlight and enhance the lovely environment around the church and the memorial these workshops will decide on the design and support the artists in delivering the project for Dagenham Village. (Over 12's)

To book please contact prem@creativebarkinganddagenham.org or call 020 8594 7136


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Strong Lady Workshop

Thursday 5th July, 4:30pm - 6pm,  Dagenham Parish Small Church Hall, Dagenham Village RM10 9UL

Grow your mental and physical strength, learn to change your habits and understand what your bodies are capable of. Physical exercises based in buidling core strength, circus and bodyweight training is used to develop core stability and agility that translate to real life. 

This is not a workshop about ‘fixing’ yourself - You are already strong enough, inside and out, The Strong Lady is here to help make growing strong fun and give you the toolkit to help you exercise at home.

Charmaine Childs (Strong Lady) will be putting on the workshops for free to support Dagfest 2018.  Please bring towels and yoga/sports mats for the session – a limited number of mats will be provided. ( Over 18s)

To book please contact prem@creativebarkinganddagenham.org or call 020 8594 7136


  Random Generator will be back with their Screen Printing carousel  to print your very own DAGFEST T Shirt.

Random Generator will be back with their Screen Printing carousel to print your very own DAGFEST T Shirt.

  Food Stalls : Expect a variety of tasty food and cakes (for that sweet tooth) available throughout the day.

Food Stalls: Expect a variety of tasty food and cakes (for that sweet tooth) available throughout the day.

  Info stalls:  Come and chat with a variety of locally based organisations about what they do and offer in the borough and beyond!

Info stalls: Come and chat with a variety of locally based organisations about what they do and offer in the borough and beyond!

Check out our DAGFEST 2018 Facebook page for updates