East Bank summer programme
East Bank is delighted to announce its first creative programme, running 23 July – 22 September 2022 in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and neighbouring venues across the four Olympic boroughs – Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Marking 10 years since the London 2012 Olympic Games, this free programme of cultural events will celebrate the continued legacy of the Games in east London, bringing together new art commissions; live performances, talks and tours; and a series of community workshops.
East Bank is a unique collaboration between world-leading universities, and arts and culture institutions on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A new hub for innovation, creativity and learning, East Bank opens up opportunities for everyone who visits, lives and works in east London. This summer’s creative programme anticipates the forthcoming site openings of each of the East Bank partners: University College London, London College of Fashion, UAL, BBC, Sadler’s Wells and V&A. In particular, the programme’s grand finale will celebrate the opening of the UCL East campus on 22 September 2022. The East Bank summer programme is supported by Foundation for Future London, the City of London, London Legacy Development Corporation, Greater London Authority and the councils of Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
The Great Get Together
Our free to enter, flagship community event is inspired by and showcases the best of east London, bringing together music, dance, arts, sports and food for all to enjoy.
Prepare to be wowed by our mainstage line-up, expect breakthrough acts and cutting-edge music brought to you by BBC Music Introducing. Our favourites London School of Samba Parade will bring a fiesta of vibrant colour and rhythmic dance, and Breakin’ Convention are back with their rap lyrics and hip-hop moves - we challenge you not to dance along. Awe-inspiring circus acts, immersive street theatre and an acoustic area jam-packed with up-and-coming local singers, musicians plus poets are sure to keep you entertained throughout the day. Visit The Great Get Together website for more information.
8th August - 30th October
Summer 2022 marks the beginning of the East Bank partners arriving in Stratford, and the 10-year anniversary of the London Olympic Games. In this East Bank commission by ground-breaking media publication gal-dem, independent curator Leyla Reynolds programmes a series of activations by artists of colour from marginalised genders, exploring the way communities rebuild after a pandemic for a more equitable future.
Dystopia to Utopia: reimagining our future
At sunset watch the East Bank building site come to life with projection and genre-bending performance as we celebrate new beginnings and mark the arrivals of UCL East, UAL: London College of Fashion, Sadlers Wells, BBC and V&A East to their new homes in Stratford.
Dystopia to Utopia: reimagining our future is choreographed by Dannielle 'Rhimes' Lecointe, with musical direction by Tony Nwachukwu, and co-produced by East Bank, East London Dance. The performance is co-designed with ELYDC (East London Dance’s Youth Dance Company) and UD’s Flames Collective at the Talent House, a brand new state-of-the-art creative hub in Stratford that supports young diverse talent in east London to become the next generation of music and dance professionals.