Forget Glastonbury, there’s a new festival right here in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:53 30 June 2015

Theatre company Dizzy ODare will be performing The Wonderful World of Mr E

Theatre company Dizzy ODare will be performing The Wonderful World of Mr E


Fancy seeing some great music, circus, dance and theatre acts all without even having to leave the borough?

Then you’ll need to head down to Dagenham Parish Church in Church Lane next Saturday for the inaugural DAGFEST.

The festival will see an outdoor caravan-based circus roll into town complete with hilarious acrobatic comedy, a troupe of playful gorillas and a wooden playground of traditional and unusual giant games.

The festival will also feature homegrown dancing talent and performers from across Europe including Botis Seva and Far from the Norm.

Saira Awan, who lives in Barking and is an assistant producer of DAGFEST, said: “Dagfest is a great opportunity for people to be exposed to local artists and groups that they never even knew existed.

“I’m really enjoying being involved with a project which is allowing arts to be introduced to the community in a fun and energetic way which is building bridges at the same time.”

There will also be workshops on offer for all the family to enjoy including hula hooping, plate spinning and juggling. And there’ll be joyful confetti cannons, dance performances and street theatre from local groups.

DAGFEST has been created by a group of local residents, who were inspired after visiting to the Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth.

They have been working with Creative Barking & Dagenham to put the day together.

Cllr Phil Waker, of the Village Ward, said: “We dreamt of doing something like this years ago, and it is fantastic to see how they have got on and made it happen.”

Dagenham Village Festival runs from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday July 11. For more information, call 020 8594 7136.

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