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31 May 2013

Exclusive access to Olympic Park festival tickets

HACKNEY folk have priority access to tickets for a weekend of music, food, theatre, fashion and family fun to celebrate the first anniversary of the start of the London 2012 Games.

Residents can buy priority tickets from today to Open East Festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27 and 28 July.

The two day celebration is being hosted by the Barbican, Create London, and the London Legacy Development Corporation.

It will feature a host of international acts on the main music stage: Toots and the Maytals; The Waterboys; Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and a supergroup of Malian artists including celebrated duo Amadou and Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré and Fatoumata Diawara.

While the Caught by the River stage will see live musical performances by DJ Don Letts, Wire, Stealing Sheep and The Rockingbirds.

Young visitors will be entertained with a multitude of things to see, make and do.

The House of Fairy Tales present their legendary Travelling Art Circus, which includes Gavin Turk’s Space Pyramid. The Discover Children’s Story Centre and Charlie Dark will take young people on hip-hop, poetry, puppet adventure 'The Hare and The Tortoise Remixed', or they can meet Joey from the acclaimed National Theatre production 'War Horse'.

There will be a number of Games-related performances to reflect last year's great summer of sport and culture, including Graeae theatre's version of Ted Hughes’ 'The Iron Man' directed by Jenny Sealey, the woman behind the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. This modern fable features a colossal iron puppet taller than a double-decker bus.

Visitors will also be able to sample world flavours at 70 stalls by London's best street food sellers and producers at the Real Food Festival; sample beers from local breweries from within a 10 mile radius of the Park at the Ten Mile Beer Festival; or simply take time out for a quiet picnic on the banks of the River Lea.

Art lovers will also get the chance to unearth a future masterpiece at the Art Car Boot Fair; and discover hidden treasures at the Urban Bazaar, showcasing the best in UK made, sustainable, up-cycled, vintage and contemporary design featuring Alex Noble.

Tickets are priced at £6 for children and £9.50 for adults, with under fives going free, and will go on general public release from Monday, 3 June.

To take advantage of the resident offer, click here and enter the first part of your postcode in the password field.

Open East Festival takes over the former Olympic Park this summer

Open East Festival takes over the former Olympic Park this summer

Open East Festival takes over the former Olympic Park this summer

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