Mercury Award-winning local hero Talvin Singh will lead a stellar cast of artists in a unique collaboration with Waltham Forest’s young people for a massive opening event, Welcome to the Forest, to celebrate the start of Waltham Forest’s tenure as London’s first Borough of Culture.
Renowned for his landmark 1999 album OK, Leytonstone-born Talvin Singh will collaborate with celebrated digital artists Greenaway and Greenaway to tell the story of Waltham Forest as seen through the eyes and experiences of the borough’s young people. They will create an original audio-visual piece for the event with colleges, community groups and young artists that will be projection mapped on to Waltham Forest’s iconic Town Hall.
The award-winning Marshmallow Laser Feast will work with composer Erland Cooper and the borough’s community choirs on a companion piece to be staged in Walthamstow’s Lloyd Park. The two sites will be joined by a ‘street party’ style feast of food, culture and creative activity drawn from across the creative communities of Waltham Forest as Forest Road is transformed into high octane celebration; a winter carnival for all the family.
Talent based in the borough are also being invited to take part in a musical project with acclaimed artists Addictive TV. The audio/video remix duo known for their sampling extravaganzas are working with local rappers, singers and musicians from a variety of musical cultures, filming them for later sampling. The result will be a brand new piece of music and video as part of the opening event, all created by sampling the material, celebrating the diverse musical cultures of Waltham Forest.
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