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Festival of Ideas sets up in Dagenham this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:27 31 May 2013

Residents are invited to share their aspirations for their community at an arts-inspired festival this Sunday (2).

The Festival of Ideas in Parsloes Park, Dagenham, which is being run by Studio 3 Arts and the Community Connectors, will offer activities such as hidden art, whereby various crafts are located around the park; an asset tree collage and a gift board for posting one’s aspirations; as well a ‘Ripple animation’ - a performance piece that will be filmed and made into an animation.

It runs to mark the end of the Fair Share Trust programme that has funded and supported local projects for 10 years.

Victoria Warne, deputy chief executive officer at The London Community Foundation, said: “Although the Fair Share Trust programme has now ended, we hope the facilities and initiatives we have helped to develop will provide a lasting legacy for the community and enable them to take their ideas forward.”

Susie Miller, co-organiser of The Festival of Ideas, added: “Fair Share Trust Barking & Dagenham and The London Community Foundation have given local organisations the resources and time to genuinely engage local people with local opportunities. One example is the Community Connectors programme, which has enabled 30 local people to learn new skills in arts and community engagement.”

The free Fesival of Ideas is being held alongside the Big Lunch, organised by the Friends of Parsloes Park.

It will run from 11am to 3pm by the Bowling Green (Gale Street entrance) with music and refreshments.


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