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22 July 2012

Free festival at the heart of Shoreditch

YOU would have thought the last thing a three-year-old needs is a giant octopus trying to turn them into a sea monster.

But many children happily interacted with the surreal performance by ‘Starch in the Arch’, as part of Shoreditch Festival on 21 and 22 July.

The free outdoor event featured a packed programme of music, arts, entertainment and exploration, stretching along the Regent’s Canal.

Other highlights included a display of parkour, the free-running discipline, which saw four expert acrobats jumping and twisting from a balcony overlooking the Waterhouse restaurant. Their gravity defying feats were welcomed with cheers and gasps by an audience watching on the canal towpath.

On the music stage East London Creative Jazz Orchestra – a band of under 18-year-old musicians from across 10 boroughs – played out funky grooves, quickly followed by groups from Barcelona, Cape Town and Colombia.

There were also videos by young filmmakers shown on a canal boat, and poetry workshops.

Shoreditch Festival is in its 11th year delivering a roster of creative entertainment in Hackney. This year it formed part of the wider One Hackney Festival to welcome the Olympic torch to the borough. For more, visit: www.shoreditchfestival.org.uk

View photos from the Shoreditch Festival below:

Shoreditch Festival featured free music, parkour and high jinx

Shoreditch Festival featured free music, parkour and high jinx

Shoreditch Festival featured free music, parkour and high jinx Parkour, the free-running discipline, was on the bill at Shoreditch Festival

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