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Fete Worse Than Death

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
A Fair-ly Odd Day Out

Back in 1993, Joshua Compston brought anarchy to the traditional village fete. A few tweaks here and a few clowns there turned A Fete Worse Than Death into a hybrid pop culture extravaganza. Held in Shoreditch, artists and art collectives got together to create a garden of paintings, which clowns randomly pinched and sold to the public for a 1.

A Fete Worse Than Death returned the following year, but after that never saw another reappearance. Until now. On the 19th July this bizarre fete will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its last show, and will feature all kinds of fun spectacles from limbo competitions to anthropomorphic vegetables. The fete will be held on Rivington Street from 12pm-8pm, where there will be limited edition t-shirts, a charity tombola, artwork, and a Factual Nonsense Gallery.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 19th July, 12pm
Phone: 020 7749 3838
Where: Rivington Street, Shoreditch
Cost: Free
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