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Your diary might be bursting with alternative ways to spend the much-deserved three-day weekend. From notorious carnivals to East London raves, the options seem, and probably are, overwhelming, and Londoners are ridden with fear of missing out. We’re here to help you silence the noise and have a truly special extended weekend, away from the crowds and into the heart of the local area.
That’s why we’ll be spending these three precious days at Shuffle Festival.
The brainchild of Danny Boyle, Academy Award winner and East London resident, Shuffle Festival is another epitome of the ‘live local’ ethos, actively setting out to nurture a sense of community. The annual fixture is a celebration of all things creative, inviting the audience to engage and think outside the box in a series of screenings, science, installations, music and much, much more.
The devotion to community and the right to public space manifests in the form of a takeover of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park preserving its natural intimacy, the pond lands and meadows providing the backdrop for the improvised outdoor cinemas.
With a programme so varied and diversified, splitting your time between all the sections will seem impossible, that’s why we have a few suggestions to make. Whilst the highlight of edition seems to be the screening of cult favourite Trainspotting with a special Q+A done by Danny Boyle himself, the raw exploration of young women’s sexuality represented in Mustang and the dark suburban fantasies of now classic American Beauty are not to be missed. Special mentions go to Get Out, crowd favourite of the year, Jacques Tati’s Playtime and more, promising to satisfy die-hard cinephiles.
And since nothing is complete in London without a street food market, expect local food joints to join the party with the neighbourhood’s best. The weekender is locally funded and always breaks even, with any remaining funds being invested in the local community or local charities. If you were looking for another opportunity to celebrate the East, we really couldn’t think of a better opportunity than by immersing in all of Mile End’s rooftops, gardens and community centres with your fellow locals. ?