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Olympic Park Opening

The tagline for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park suggests that it is 'no ordinary park', and right now, it appears to be living up to that claim. For park's (partial) grand opening at the end of the month, celebrations are taking place in the form of the Open East Festival. the 28th & 29th July will be a jammed packed weekend of entertainment, art, activities, and food from across the world.


The music will feature an eclectic mix from a whole range of cultures; there will be four Mali musicians, including Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré, Fatoumata Diawara, and Cheick Tidiane Seck. You will also be able to listen to the reggae master, U-Roy, with his all-Jamaican band, as well as bands from Colombia, Egypt, and the Caribbean.


Experience dare-devilsh thrills with the freestyle BMX riders, Xtreme Action, magnificent puppetry from War Horse and The Iron Man, dance, slam poetry, and an intergenerational sing-along. Children will also have lots of fun at the House of Fairy Tales and Discover Children's Story Centre.


Join the Crafternoon Tea Club for a radical life drawing class, play bingo, and jump onboard a boat for a float cinema athletics screening.

Tickets are £9.50 for adults and £6 for children. Under fives go free,
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Why? Fun for families
When: 27th & 28th July
Phone: 0844 248 5195
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Cost: £9.50 adults, £6 children
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