High Street 2012 Summer Safari

Event Date: 
21st - 23rd June 2012

The High Street 2012 Heritage, Culture and Community Grants programme is culminating in a 3-day festival of free events on the street. All 17 funded projects, and more, are participating. Details of this, the 'High Street 2012 Summer Safari' are below, and to help you plan, use this handy scheduler  http://clashfinder.com/s/susa2012


1. Magic Me - View From the Top

Aldgate –  Bow
Pupils from local schools and older people’s groups worked together with artists from Magic Me to create an artwork and a soundtrack celebrating life on High Street 2012. The 9.5metre Artwork will be displayed on the upper deck ceiling all the 205 buses running along the High Street, from June 12th until the end of September.  Route 205 runs Paddington to Bow Road Bus garage in Fairfield Rd, E3.  Download the soundtrack of stories from the Magic Me website.

21 June, Ongoing



2. Clive Bettington/ JEECS

Aldgate Tube station

Roadway of Radicalism - the radical histories of High Street 2012 are explored through walks along the street, led by London tour guide Clive Bettington. Suggested donation, booking essential on c.bettington@jeecs.org.uk
22 June, 2pm
23 June, 10.30am



3. The Unlimited Edition

Aldgate East & Whitechapel tube stations

Following the free distribution of the first three issues of The Unlimited Edition on High Street 2012 - and its international outings in New York, Tokyo and Berlin - this super-local paper will be returning to its roots in East London! We will be distributing Issue IV of The Unlimited Edition, entitled 'Collation' from our dedicated newsstands. 
23 June, 10am-1pm


4. Whitechapel Bell Foundry
32-34 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DY

Visit the enhanced general visitor area at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, experience our new learning space for school visits, enhanced by Oranges and Lemons and the “bongs” of Big Ben … and shop for bells!

21 June, 9-8 pm
22 June, 9-5pm



5. Toynbee Hall Steps of many

28Commercial Street, E1 6LS
Toynbee Hall and urban photographer Peter Kyte, have led a series of photographic community walks with parents from two local primary schools based in E1, within the wards of Spitafields & Banglatown and Whitechapel. Participating parents have used photography and reminiscence as a means to interact with the intervening areas (streets and neighbourhoods) located between the schools and Whitechapel High Street. The aim is to bring life to the stories that happen behind the High Street and to explore how these places coexist in everyday life. The workshops have also focused on the immense change attributed to the area and how this makes local people feel.
21 June, 9am-5pm
23 June, 10am-12pm



6.  Faith Regen
London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX
As part of the Living History, Moving People project, visit FRF at the London Muslim Centre and wrap your taste buds around traditional food from different parts of the world, then decorate your hands in the Henna corner.
23 June, 2pm – 6pm



7. The London: Royal London Hospital Walk & Illustrating The London

Old Royal London main entrance (opposite Whitechapel tube station), Whitechapel Road, E1 1BB
The London: Royal London Hospital Walk Tuesday 19th June 4:30pm: Royal London Hospital (new main entrance), Whitechapel Road, E1 1BB - UPDATED TIME!

Take a walk around the Royal London estate, which stretches from Whitechapel Road to Commercial Road. The walk will explore and relay the history of the hospital in Whitechapel, looking at the various different buildings and layers of development around the estate, and at the current changes unfolding.

The London: Illustrating The London - The London Hospital Illustrated was an annual newspaper issued from 1933 to 1974. To mark the move into the new hospital building, an issue for 2012 is being produced. Come and collect your free copy, and illustrate your own front page with ideas for the reuse of the old hospital building. We’ll be covering the hoarding in front of the old hospital building with your illustrations.

19 June, 4:30pm (walk) UPDATED

23 June, 10am - 2pm


8. Dress Code

Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel High Street, and The Waste, Mile End Road

Dress Code by the artists’ collective Ultimate Holding Company is inspired by the development of pattern in Whitechapel’s textile heritage. Look out for the inflatable ‘dressed’ structure in Altab Ali Park, a mobile bicycle ‘sculpture’ bedecked with textile bags moving along the high street, as well as miles of thread woven between trees at Mile End Waste.

Dress Code: Inflate, an inflatable ‘dressed’ structure. Altab Ali Park, White Church Lane, London E1 7QR

Dress Code: Bike, a mobile bike ‘sculpture’ festooned with carrier bags customised with textiles. Between Altab Ali Park and Mile End Waste

Dress Code: The Waste, an 8-hour durational performance by Robyn Woolston. Mile End Waste, Mile End Road, E1

Dress Code: Publication, an exhibition reflecting the development of pattern in Whitechapel’s textile heritage. Runs until 29 July, Idea Store Gallery, 4th Floor, 321 Whitechapel Road London E1 1BU. Private View 21 June, 6-8pm

22 June - 29 July (event is 23 June, 11am- 12pm)


9. Udichi

321Whitechapel Road,E1 1BU

Udichi will brighten the High Street with a performance by singers, musicians, dancers, and poets taking part in the colorful show in the style of a street procession, by Whitechapel Market.

23 June, 2pm-4.30pm



10. The Living Map

Mile End Road, E1 4NS (Queen Mary University)
A project about Mile End Road: past, present, future and POSSIBLE!  With students from Queen Mary University, in collaboration with school and local community groups ages 8- 84.

Mile End Road:The Movie: a choir of children from Osmani Primary School providing the voice soundtrack to a black and white film of the Road.

Sit With Me? A performance installation with Elders from the Newham Old People’s Reference Group (OPRG) offering Tea and Wisdom from a sofa that slowly moves along the street.

Things You Don’t See On Mile End Road: AS level drama students from Morpeth School make a series of Visions of the unexpected along the street.

Soundscape: installed along one section of the pavement outside Electronic Engineering and creating a walk-through environment using children’s voices and other digital sound material generated by community & school workshops

Critter:  an intelligent projection, which will play with and learn from passers-by, stimulating spontaneous group play and movement.

23rd June, 9am- 6pm



11.  Artmusic presents Ring Ring Bell
 Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, (Queen Mary University, Octagon hall) 
Download the Ring Ring Bell Soundscape and Ringtones free from the Artmusic website. Look out for bell interventions along the High Street.  Follow our Bell Promenade Performance to the High Street 2012 celebration event where you can hear the soundscape and watch the first screening of the Ring Ring Bell video. Promenade Bell Performance starting outside Queen Mary University on Mile End Road.

23rd June, 4.30pm and 7pm



12.  Mile End Films

Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, (Queen Mary University, Octagon Hall)

Mile End Films invites you to take a walk down memory lane, remember the cinemas that were, see what is now there, and contemplate what will be. An installation of video & photographs compiled through inter-generational work.

23 June, 6pm



13. The Poundshop

Mile End Road, E1 4NS (Queen Mary University)
The Poundshop is embarking on its first summer tour! Come by and buy designer goods for £1, £5 and £10 and see our beautiful portable shop.

23rd June, 12pm-6pm



14.  East LondonDance

Mile End Road, E1 4NS (Queen Mary University, Octagon Hall)
East London Dance and Mobile Dance bring you a series of one minute moving postcards filmed in and around the bustling shops and iconic locations of High Street 2012. A team of artists has created the films with local groups including Green Candle Senior Dancers, Central Foundation Girls School, and the Bengali Football Association & Smithy Street Primary School. The films will be screened across London as part of Big Dance 2012.
23 June, 5pm



15.  Listed Loo

Bow Road, E3 3AH (opposite Bow church)

Listed Theatre’s production, ‘Listed Loo’ will be premiering in the underground toilets in Bow opposite St Mary’s Church. Audiences will experience a site responsive collage of performance, video and art installations.
21-23 June, 2-5pm



16.  Bow Pageant

St Mary’s Bow Church, Bow Road, E3 3AH (near the flyover)

The Bow Pageant, tracing the history of Bow over more than 700 years, was first performed in 2011 at Bow Church. Guided tours of the church with its newly refurbished interior will bring its history to life.
21 -23 June, 2-5pm



17.  Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF)
East stretch of Roman Road (from junction Stephens Road to Levefre Park)

A street performance, which might have been dreamt up by the visionary architect Gaudi, a parade of giant insects will take over Roman Road. Though not occuring on High Street 2012 itself, the show is an outcome from GDIF's activities in Mile End last year.  Beautifully designed and operated by cycle power, watch out for a fantastical spider dwarfing cars, an energetic ant feasting on trees and a praying mantis staring into top floor windows! With wonderful music and special effects, these insects will advance with the Olympic Park in their sights!

 “An explosive mix of puppetry, street theatre and music.” Evening Gazette

Supported by Tower Hamlets, Institute Ramon Lull and Catalan! Arts

Part of GDIF2012: 21-30 June

23 June, 9:45pm



Other Events also taking place!


Bow Arts Trust

P1 Open Studios and Art Fair

Taylor Place, Payne Road, London, E3 2SP

Not two minutes’ walk from Bow Road site, the P1 studios will host its own brand of fun across the weekend. Studios are open to the public and local residents both days, and the added bonus of an outdoor art fair on Sunday.  Come and help us celebrate the start of summer with Midsummer themed family activities including art stalls and a tantalising BBQ - enough to feed both body and soul.

23- 24 June, 11am-5pm




The Building Exploratory – Panorama High Street 2012

Whitechapel Market / Ideas Store; and online

The Building Exploratory is hosting a market stall at the Idea Store Whitechapel to celebrate the architectural heritage of this historic high street. Our team of experts will be on hand to talk to you about its buildings and introduce you to our vote for the peoples’ favourite building.
Come and take part in activities that will inspire you to look more closely at the 600 buildings and their architectural features.
Take photographs of building details using your mobile phone for our project gallery. Guided tours exploring the high street’s buildings and public spaces, take place at 12 noon and 2pm, beginning at the market stall.  Vote for your favourite building from our 16 “People’s Favourites”.
The event is part of the Building Exploratory’s Panorama High Street 2012 initiative, an ambitious project creating a photographic panorama of the high street and documenting the six-kilometre route from Aldgate to the Olympic Park. We hope to meet local residents, shoppers and visitors to the high street and listen to their opinions and experiences of this remarkable London thoroughfare.

23 June, 10am- 4pm