On Sunday 10th September London’s most famous Lane will be filled with over 60,000 people from all over the capital and the UK. The Festival promotes the attractions of Brick Lane and Banglatown. Celebrating an international mix of history, culture, food, music, and fashion, Brick Lane Festival offers a fun day out for the whole family.
Celebrating Enterprise is a London-based partnership led by City University, which aims to explore and develop the enterprise potential of festivals and community events. The partnership includes voluntary and community sector organisations, local authorities, business advice agencies, colleges and universities who have joined together to support individuals considering starting a festival-related business.
This year’s Brick Lane Festival will include an exceptional array of multicultural musical artists’ including Nurukane from West Africa and contemporary favourites Asian Dub Foundation (tbc), and harmonious delights from global performers. For something a little bit more traditional, crowds can also expect to see some of Britain’s best R&B and Asian performers.
Brick Lane Festival will also be join forces with The Rich Mix centre highlighting the launch of ‘The Rich Mix family Sunday’. The Festival offers something for everyone: Brick Lane Festival’s visitors are truly multicultural. “The Brick Lane Festival is completely neutral,” says one resident, “It doesn’t belong to any one culture, religion or race – European, Afro Caribbean, Jewish, Bangladeshi… everyone joins in.”
Brick Lane Festival marks the first day of Banglatown’s International Curry Week, for which curry chefs fly in from the Indian sub-continent. Next to Brick Lane’s famous curry, all kinds of foods will be available. The Festival Food Village offers tajines, vegetarian delicacies, Thai cuisine and traditional east end fodder eels, pie and mash.
It’s no secret that London produces some of the brightest, funkiest up and coming fashion designers the world has ever seen – for the fourth year running EMEP are delighted to present ‘I Love Brick Lane’, a fantastic display of devotion to fashion, featuring 10 fabulous designers showcasing the freshest collections on this stylish catwalk.
The Main event finishes at 6pm but the party will still go on at selected local venues such as the Vibe Bar, Gramophone on Commercial St, and the Truman Brewery: The Vibe Bar goes ‘Inside@Brick Lane’ with live bands and DJs (including Derek, the cardiganned musicmeister from Bristol), there is an ‘East End Knees Up’ in The Pride of Spitalfields on Heneage Street and a cabaret at the Rhythm Factory on the Whitechapel Road.
Brick Lane Festival is organised by EMEP –
The Ethnic Minority Enterprise Project
City University, Equal and ESF Funding, Western Union, Canary Wharf, Kingfisher Beer, Tilda Rice, Cobra Beer, & Tower Hamlets Council.