The third Roman Road Summer Festival went off with a colourful bang on Sunday 24th July, attracting nearly 12,000 people from near and far. This is double the amount that attended last year. The festival involved local artists, performers, shops, schools and faith groups living up to the event’s strap line: made from 90% local ingredients. This included:
- Bow’s very own Urban Makers East designer-maker market
- Local faith and spiritual groups Sunday Assembly East End and the East End Church featuring Rebirth Network dance troupe
- Musicians and bands local to Tower Hamlets & Newham: Muntu Valdo, Freddie & the Freeloaders, Naomi Kimpenu band, Action Men, Alfaro Musica, Jay Johnson, Johnny Boy Moore, Starr Kiely band, Roman Road pop-up choir
- Local street entertainment from Magician Professor Palmermoff, Arthur Hyam. Tillie & Matt, Lady of the Manah and the Cockney Sparras, FIPA Stiltwalkers, Nosilla Facepainting, Sarah & Sarah, Showmi Dance Company, Candy Darlings
- Local cultural and arts organisations including Queen Mary’s University, Rich Mix, East London Academy of Music, Bancroft Local Archives and History Library, Impact Hub and Bow Geezers
- Local youth organisations including the Brownies, Roman Road Adventure Playground, Idea Store Bow
- Age UK Bow (Vic Johnson House, Donnybrook Court, Ruth Court, Lawrence Cose and Gawthorn Court, Regency Court, Coopers Court, Appian Court)
- Local charity Arch 76
- Local schools Bonner Mile End, Bonner Bethnal Green, Chisenhale, Malmesbur and Olga
Local businesses also took part in the event including Sahin, Vinarius, G Kelly, Sew Amazing, Snap, Baruch, Fika, Scootech, Bow Dogs and Chesterfield. There was a Roman Road Raffle that offered prizes kindly donated by local shops, and the ever-popular tour of local Suffragettes history.
The festival also used East London production services to help produce the event, including Calverts and East End Printers, which ensures as much benefit as possible is retained by the local community.