Neon lit drummers, epic fire displays, a raucous disco shed and, most importantly, 70,000 people – this weekend Waltham Forest demonstrated to the world just how to say Welcome to the Forest at an unforgettable opening ceremony.
Over three evenings, thousands of the borough’s residents came together with fellow Londoners and audiences beyond for a true celebration of one of London Borough of Culture 2019’s themes, Fellowship. There were world premieres from world renowned artists Greenaway & Greenaway, Talvin Singh, Addictive TV, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Erland Cooper.
On Forest Road, Continental Drifts curated surprises from robotic horses to brass bands. Poetry took over Perky Blenders at the Town Hall and thousands of local residents took centre stage – whether that was lending their vocal talents to Cooper’s ethereal soundtrack, seeing their faces projected the height of the Town Hall, performing at One Hoe Street where BBC Radio London broadcasted live or getting residents boogying at the alfresco ballroom.
In Lloyd Park, Marshmallow Laser Feast’s 30 metre wide ethereal light installation Nest did more than just shock audiences into wide eyed silence, sparking a UFO Twitter storm as people as far away as Woolwich, the Tate Modern and even Stansted speculated the mysterious lights were in fact the result of an alien invasion. A truly out of this world cultural experience.
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