Create11 Festival Preview : 24 June – 25 July 2011

create11-logoNow in its fourth year, the Create Festival is back! It’s time for CREATE11.

It’s an art festival based in East London to celebrate the diversity and creativity of the area. Sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

The full programme includes over 200 world class events profiling East London art. It takes place across some amazing innovative spaces including;

a disused motorway undercroft in Hackney Wick,
London’s historic music halls,
a 1980’s building in Canary Wharf,
a WWII bunker in Dalston,
a floating cinema on the waterways of East London,
and a shop turned into a farm and much more.

Spanning the genres of music, design, art, food and film there is something for all tastes. Over the 32 days of the festival you can expect to find outdoor film screenings, nocturnal walks, rooftop farming, underground readings, craft workshops, secret parties and hidden dining, as well as live music and cutting-edge art exhibitions, talks and even rides on a 4 person bike!

There is a huge programme for the whole festival but here are some of the categories, if you’re interested then check out the main CREATE11 website for full details.


FOLLY FOR A FLYOVER: The Create Art Award

From Friday 24 June, a temporary building called Folly for a Flyover will appear in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12, and transform the cavernous undercroft where the motorway bridges the Lea navigation canal.

The folly will host a five-week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play delivered in conjunction with the Barbican Art Gallery’s summer exhibition, Watch Me Move. By day there will be a local food café and drop-in workshops, along with cycle-powered boats, available for hire to explore the waterways along the edge of the Olympic park.

At night the building’s oversized outdoor staircase will seat audiences of up to 250 for screenings of classic animation, short films and early cinema, accompanied by a live score. Screenings include; Tron, Toy Story, The Bicycle Thieves, Trip to the Moon, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Akira and many more. For the full line up check the timetable here.


The iconic east London canals will provide the backdrop for UP Projects’ 2011 Portavilion – the Floating Cinema is an extraordinary structure designed by Hackney-based architects Studio Weave, which will navigate the waterways of the Olympic host boroughs throughout the summer. It is produced in partnership with the Olympic Delivery Authority. The free programme, curated by internationally renowned artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (known collectively as Somewhere), will include intimate on-board screenings as well as films projected onto architecture around the waterways, plus events, talks, activities and creative canal tours. The Floating Cinema launches on Friday 1 July at the Springfield Marina in Hackney, and moves on to various moorings on the canals until Sunday 18 September.


From Saturday 16 July, the Floating Cinema will be moored outside the Waterhouse restaurant on Regent’s Canal, to inaugurate this year’s Shoreditch Festival, taking place from 16 to 24 July along the east London canals.



Includes exciting pop-up restaurants and interactive art installations that will appear for just five weeks.


Includes an array of activities and events exploring public art, spoken word, food and sustainable farming, health, fashion and craft.


In partnership with east London organisation Invisible Dust, which involves leading world artists and scientists collaborating to explore air pollution, health and climate change. Invisible Dust aims to produce significant and far-reaching artists commissions in the public realm in the UK and internationally, as well as supporting the creation of new scientific ideas and engaging audiences with large-scale events, education and community activities.


In partnership with historic east London music venues for an exceptional programme ranging from rap and grime at the Hackney Empire to a violin recital at the Wilton’s Music Hall.


Cutting-edge theatre and dance are at the heart of the CREATE11 programme, as the festival partners with renowned east London institutions.

From Saturday 25 June to Sunday 17 July, the Arcola Theatre and Punchdrunk present The Uncommercial Traveller, a headphone journey around east London inspired by Charles Dickens’s account of his wanderings around London. The walk will end in a secret location in an abandoned shop space, which has been transformed by Punchdrunk’s design team.



Many tickets are FREE but to check out the full timetables, availability and box office details please visit the CREATE website.

Create11 Festival, London –
Folly for a Flyover –
The Floating Cinema – website
Barbican – Watch Me Move – website

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