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Roman Road Summer Festival 2016 [GALLERY]

The third Roman Road Summer Festival brought Roman Road Market to life with live music all day, a Cockney Corner with East End music, language, games and entertainment, children’s craft workshops and street entertainment from buskers, stilt dancers and roving performers, plus hot food, guided heritage tours and over 50 stalls including 40 designer-makers from Urban Makers East.

It was a glorious hot summer’s day and 12,000 people turned out from near and far to enjoy this homegrown community event, made from 90% local ingredients. Here are some of the highlights caught on camera.

Singers on the Airstream stage decorated with palm trees at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
The festival was opened by Sunday Assembly East End © Oliver Lynton
Dave Neita, People's Lawyer and People's Poet talking on Airstream stage at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Dave Neita the People’s Lawyer and People’s Poet speaking on stage as part of Sunday Assembly’s festival service
Hip hop dancers performing on artificial grass at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
The Rebirth Network performing hip hop displays © Oliver Lynton
Slilt walker in green fairy outfit with wings spread at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
One of the stilt dancers with fairy wings spread over Gladstone Place © Oliver Lynton
Street food trader selling food at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Street food trader Bow Belly selling Shatsuka – they sold out! © Oliver Lynton
Woman holding large shaggy dog in her arms at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
No festival would be complete without our four legged friends and plenty © Oliver Lynton
Woman in Suffragettes clothing at Roman Road Summer Festival
A roving Suffragette in full regalia drumming up business in support of a Sylvia Pankhurst statue © Oliver Lynton
Paper plate festoon decorations at Roman Road Summer Festival
Paper plate flowers decorated by local children and Age UK pensioners decorated Roman Road © Oliver Lynton
Women in straw hat enjoying Urban Makers East market at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
The hats and summer dresses were out for Roman Road Summer Festival 2016 © Oliver Lynton
Performers in fancy dress bearing a placard saying Welcome to Roman Road at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
The Lady of the Mannah and ‘er mate Doreen © Oliver Lynton
The craft table was mobbed all day with children making Match Women's hats in celebration of Annie Besant's workers riots at Bryant & May factory in Bow © Oliver Lynton
The craft table was mobbed all day with children making Match Women’s hats in celebration of Annie Besant’s workers riots at Bryant & May factory in Bow © Oliver Lynton
Three Asian girls wearing festival hats at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Young girls wearing the Match Women hats they made at the craft workshop © Oliver Lynton
Child with Pearly Queen baseball cap at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Baseball cap pimped up with pearly buttons for a modern day take on Pearly Queens © Oliver Lynton
Two older women holding a framed print of the Bow Geezers nude calendar photo shoot at Roman Road Summer Festival
Proudly displaying a framed photo of the Bow Geezers nude calender photo shoot in aid of disappearing pubs © Oliver Lynton
Young child playing tribal drums on the street at Roman Road Summer Festival
Making world music on the streets of Roman Road Market © Oliver Lynton
Magician entertaining children at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Magician Professor Palmermoff captivated his audience young and old © Oliver Lynton
Two women sitting at a cafe table against a London brick wall at Roman Road Festival 2016
Two local women soaking up the rays and enjoying the street entertainment © Oliver Lynton
Young girl with face painted and wearing hand crafted Match Women's hat at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Festival face and festival hat makes every child smile © Oliver Lynton
The designer-maker traders from Urban Makers East at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
The designer-maker traders from Urban Makers East © Oliver Lynton
Vintage collectables at market stall at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Vintage collectables at one of the market stalls © Oliver Lynton
Freddie and the Freeloaders on the Airstream stage at Roman Road Summer Festival 2016
Freddie and the Freeloaders on the Airstream stage – they got everyone clapping and dancing! © Oliver Lynton

Sword swalloer at Roman Road Festival 2016

Psychedelic dance troop The Action Men on the Airstream stage at Roman Road Summer Festival, watched by audience seated in stripy deckchairs
The one and only psychedelic dance troop The Action Men closed the festival © Oliver Lynton
Asian family holding baby in arms and watching magic show at Roman Road Summer Festival
Enjoying the magic show © Oliver Lynton

 


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