As part of Roman Road Festival 2014’s Fringe Events, Roman Road’s shops and businesses stayed open late and turned Bow’s village high street into a string of pop-up stages, theatres and cinemas for a week of cultural events that showcased Bow’s talent. At a time when Roman Road’s high street is normally shut up behind metal rollers, The Roman was buzzing with evening activity.
We had a night of music (and jam sandwiches) at Bow Jam at the Roman Road Art Cafe; pop-up cinema nights at Costa Coffee and Muxima; spoken word from the stars of the future at Fiesta Cafe; a gig at St Barnabas church; readings at Best of India restaurant and Zealand Road Coffee Shop; orgigami art at SNAP; fashion shows at Gallery 504; pizza-making classes at Domino’s Pizza; late night Sip & Shop events at Zee & Co and Anchor+Hope, and dog portraits at Gina’s Closet quirky pavement shoot – there was even a clairvoyant evening at Roman Cars, the local minicab office. Heres’s a selection of photos – by no means comprehensive – of some of Roman Road Festival’s Fringe Events.
The events were part of a programme of Fringe Events during Roman Road Festival designed to introduce night-time economies to the high street and to offer evening leisure activities to the community.
“Normally I have to drive the children for after school clubs and activities, so it’s great to have something fun like this on the doorstep,’ said local resident Polly Pettesen. “The kids loved the freedom of being able to walk to something local, and I feel safer letting them do that now that I’ve got to know some of the local shop keepers a bit better through these Fringe Events events.”