Dalston Children's Festival 2019

Celebrating Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

Sat 1st June 2019, 11am – 1pm
Dalston Square, Hackney, E8 3BQ

Sat 1st June 2019, 2pm – 4pm
Dalston Square, Hackney, E8 3BQ

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Dalston Children’s Festival 2019

We’re delighted to be offering two art activities for families on Saturday 1st June in Dalston Square as part of Dalston Children’s Festival:

Inspired by dance and movement, we’re firstly making pop-up puppets from paper cups with a wooden stick running up through a piece of fabric to a character of your choice. Lots of drawing, cutting and sticking involved. (Adults may need to help younger children).

Secondly, following an inspiring lunchtime performance and workshop led by Romany Gypsy Performer and Teacher Saeeda Kasym of the Yagori Dance School, we’ll be creating a giant floor mural. We’re making a dance scene together with your help! Images drawn by visitors to our activity will all add to the final composition. Draw BIG, add colour, cut out and arrange. We welcome all ages to this activity, no drawing skills required, just a love of creativity and a willingness to collaborate with others. It’s a drawing event with community spirit!

All materials for both activities will be provided. Just turn up and take part!

<<< see timings for each event. We’ll be under the roof of a big white tent.

Hackney Library Colouring Competition

Bringing us full circle in celebration of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, we have collaborated with young artist and traveller Mary Reilly in the making of a unique illustration for Hackney Libraries colouring competition. We’re very proud to present this composition of drawings by Mary inspired by the beautiful dance of Saeeda Kasym and the Yagori Dance School – Look out for Mary’s illustration at our events and in local Hackney Libraries – Add colour for an opportunity to win prizes! See pg3 of Hackney Today for info.

Colouring Competition

Presenting two new illustrations for 2019 created in collaboration with 12 yr old artist Mary Reilly depicting Roma Gypsy dancers. CONGRATULATIONS MARY – We love your work!

Plus, previous illustrations by Art Hoppers Claire WT for Hackney Libraries annual colouring competition re: Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

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See full news on the Hackney Today PDF (pages 5, 7 and 8)

Photos from Dalston Square

Dalston Children’s Festival. Photos: Sean Pollock for Hackney Council

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  • drawing 50% 50%
  • model making 50% 50%

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- 3 days ago

We're back at #Grasshoppersinthepark for our wkly #arted sessions via Zoom👩‍💻These #earlyyears mean a lot to us! As a parent led nursery, Grasshoppers gives families👪a unique opportunity to be directly involved... @ArtHoppers was born here 10yrs ago when our kiddos attended!🙏😊 https://t.co/L795BplYP9
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- 29 days ago

Happy to be celebrating #2019TBDFAwards. We won the People's Choice award for 'Postcards from a Happy Place' in partnership with @RichMixLondon See our hi-lights at 3:05mins. BIG THANKS @The_Big_Draw We're thrilled! https://t.co/ZVphwzhZJ4 via @YouTube
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- 30 days ago

@Drawinglives: Celebrate good times, come on! Tonight is the night when @The_Big_Draw share the winners of the #2019BDFAward❤️🥳 We'll be showcasing their award winning work & hearing from our Organisers, Patrons & Director @KateJMason ❤️ See you there at 6pm 👉https://t.co/cFomM8lyGF 👍 https://t.co/arCTtrgC3D
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- 30 days ago

@KateJMason: 📢**TONIGHT** 17.12.20 💫Join us in our virtual celebration of all those who took part in our Festival 19/20 & the achievements of the #2019BDFAwards Winners!🥳🎉🙌 So do grab a cuppa at 6pm GMT for half an hour to celebrate with us!🤗💚✏️🎨💡☕️✨ ➡️ https://t.co/LFigevwF8K https://t.co/N7LSKuIueY
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- 30 days ago

@JoTemple6 @The_Big_Draw @RichMixLondon Thanks Jo! Would be great to share with CAMHS too. Can you suggest a contact? X
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- 30 days ago

@jessrosel @mac_birmingham Congratulations @mac_birmingham and @jessrosel on your @The_Big_Draw Award, from one award winner to another 😊🥳
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