DAGFEST took place on a scorcher of a day in July 2018. Back for its fourth year we welcomed over two thousand people to Dagenham village for a day of theatre, circus, arts and crafts and dance!
We had a whole host of acts and perfomers including:
Tangled Feet with a circus and outdoor theatre piece, THAT PARKING SHOW. The Royal Opera House with an interactive performance of SWAN LAKE. OSADIA were back and transformed volunteers and audiences with some very special hair makeovers. A stage of amazing local groups, dancers, performers and musicians produced by Sharlene Carter, wowed audiences. James Wilton Dance Company showed a brand new piece that combined martial arts with dance and movement called The Storm. Everyone Everyday set up their Play Street and invited you to join them at their Open Table. Green Shoes Arts took visitors on an interactive treasure hunt around Dagenham Village, with a performance created and led by local residents. Jaws dropped as Dick Danger performed daredevil stunts.
Our panel of Cultural Connectors decided to award three Community Commissions in 2018 and we welcomed The Young Creatives and Sofa Slammers from the White House. Harald Smykla transformed bad news into good through a painting. Neesha Badhan ran hugely popular creative workshops asked you to respond with what culture means to you.
Throughout the festival there were plenty of chances to Get Creative! Susanna Wallis ran a pop up mosaic workshops. Jacqueline of Balloon Academy (and Cultural Connector) had FREE Balloon workshops. Grape Arts inspired older people and younger people to come together and create something new as part of the Tea Tent activity. Random Generator were back with T Shirt Printing. You Me Arts held nteractive music sessions before bringing everyone together for a fantastic finale led by the Marsh Green Drummers.
Did you spot for Handbag? Geraldine Pilgrims pop up participatory performance working with local dancers appeared at different times throughout the day.
Kino Van shared archive footage from across Barking and Dagenham. They very kindly screened the winner from the World Cinema Film Festival on the day as well!
There were many different ways to get involved with DAGFEST in advance of the festival, these included being part of Geraldine Pilgrim's performance of Handbag, Mosaic Workshop sand we welcomed back The Strong Lady for a special workshop growing your mental and physical strength.
We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the brilliant steering group, our amazing volunteers, the dedicated production team and all of the wonderful artists and performers who made DAGFEST happen!
With the help and support of all these individuals and groups DAGFEST 2018 was a fantastic, fun and friendly festival!
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Take a look at all of the DAGFEST festival action in 2018. Images: Jimmy Lee Photography