Family Weekender

Royal Docks Originals

Family Weekender

Get ready for free half term family fun at Royal Docks Originals Family Weekender.

This weekend of wonder in and around Bow Arts Studios includes games, live music, dance, story-telling, art, and more.

Try your hand at something new with workshops (running 11am-4pm) such as Fabric Painting with Yuliya Krylova; discover mechanised toys and other moving items with Fire The Inventor’s Ensemble Automata; Italian-born sculptor, painter and designer Vincenzo Muratore will lead Community Connections Handcasting, and Hafza Yusuf will give an Introduction to Heat Press Printing.

Live on stage from noon there will be storytelling adventures with Patchlarks, a chance to have a sing-a-long with Newham Music, and a mega dance-off when Fun DMC bring their Block Party. And don’t miss circus and comedy from double act the Bazazi Brothers.

There will also be a visit from YARA + DAVINA’s Pet Balloon Service, who want to hear your stories of how pets got their names in return for a balloon animal.

Look out for Ideal Palace - part audio-theatre journey, part immersive art experience, part interactive trail; Nathalie Coste’s Balloons in the Dock installation on the dock water; the Institute of Imagination’s inspiring interactive light boxes; and floor decal playground Wriggle and Scribble by Anna Bruder.

And while you’re here, Drop in on the Art in the Docks Gallery, where the exhibition is Colin Gold’s IS THIS THE END – or JUST THE BEGINNING… Grab a bite to eat at The Chocolate Factory for scrumptious plant-based food and views, or the Café Spice Namaste pop up - for Indian favourites with a French twist, dreamt up by Mumbai-born chef Cyrus Todiwala.

On Saturday, stay after sunset and enjoy a special evening with Folk Dance Remixed. Suitable for all ages, it’s a lovely opportunity to have a dance.

Full Programme:

Saturday 30 Oct

Workshops:

  • 11am-4pm Fabric Painting with Yuliya Krylova
  • 11am-4pm Ensemble Automata Workshop with Fire the Inventor
  • 11am-4pm Community Connections Handcasting Workshop with Vincenzo Muratore

Stage programme:

  • 1200 – 1300 Newham Music performance and workshop
  • 1300 – 1345 Patchlarks performance and storytelling
  • 1400 – 1700 Fun DMC
  • 1730 – 1930 Folk Dance Remixed

Sunday 31 Oct

Workshops:

  • 11am-4pm Fabric Painting with Yuliya Krylova
  • 11am-4pm Ensemble Automata Workshop with Fire the Inventor
  • 11am-4pm Community Connections Handcasting Workshop with Vincenzo Muratore
  • 11.30am-1pm and 2pm – 3.30pm Intro to Heat Press Printing with Hafza Yusuf

Stage programme:

  • 1200 - 1245 Welcome by Bazazi Brothers
  • 1300 – 1345 Patchlarks performance and storytelling
  • 1515 – 1615 TBC workshop performance
  • 1630 – 1700 Bazazi Brothers

Time & date

30 Oct: 11am-7.30pm
31 Oct: 11am-5pm

Location
Bow Arts, Royal Albert Wharf

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Time & date

30 - 31 Oct

Location

Bow Arts, Royal Albert Wharf

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