Wednesday, 13 July 2011


This Sunday 17th July, End of the Road Festival & Rough Trade Shops are curating the bandstand for the annual 'Swap & Share' picnic at Arnold Circus in Shoreditch.
So, if you're in London and at a loose end - bring a picnic to share, something to swap & a love story to tell!

The picnic has always been very much a community event bringing together local families with the more recent inhabitants of Shoreditch. People make and bring food to share. There are free activities for all ages - artists's portraits, paper hat making, dancing, cycle racing, a miniature clay picnic, musical cherry stone spitting, a pop-up exhibition of children's illustrated poems, a table top museum, Thaumatropes, ping pong and a Playmobil trading stand...

Swap & Share at Arnold Circus from Jasper Morrison Shop on Vimeo.

The band stand will run from 12.30 - 6pm and features...Loud Like A Lion, Laura Hocking, The Head & The Heart, Oh Ruin and Danny & The Champions of the World.

Here's a little taster of what you can expect to hear on the day from The Head & The Heart...

The day is organised by The Friends Of Arnold Circus, a registered charity formed in London’s Shoreditch in spring 2004 through local voluntary action. The historic bandstand and gardens at the heart of Arnold Circus had fallen into disrepair and were widely seen as dirty and threatening. A small group of local people set about to rescue this unique part of the East End’s heritage, and to re-establish it as a resource for all. By spring 2006, membership had risen to 450 and our events – from brass band concerts to an annual Carrom championship – were attracting over 300 people to each. In 2011, membership had risen to 550, and the Friends had taken over management of part of the site from the Council.

It really is a lovely space and worthwhile charity, so get down there on Sunday and support the cause.

This lovely Cut Out Map is by Liv Bargman

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