Dalston debut for Land of Kids family festival

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Sample some literary flavour with made-to-order poems from the Poetry Takeaway

New family event Land of Kids hopes to bring some festival magic to the borough this May Day bank holiday.

The festival, which takes place on Monday 5 May, is being organised by the same team behind annual music and arts festival, Land of Kings.

Festival Director Connie Harrison says: “Similar to Land of Kings, we wanted to bring together some of the best of the area’s arts and cultural groups for a very local festival, but for a different audience. For Land of Kids we’re putting together an afternoon of curiosities that will hopefully be magical for Hackney’s kids but fun for parents too.”

Set across a cluster of venues including the Arcola Theatre, Dalston Roof Park and Café Oto, the festival will also see several urban spaces become temporary venues, creating a part-indoor, part-outdoor site around Ashwin Street.

Programme highlights include ‘rave for folks with kids’ Disco Loco, the Cut-a-Shine hoe-down and Lost & Found’s ‘Pirate School’, which promises a series of challenges such as ‘Parrot Crufts’ and ‘Walking the Plank’.

Immersive theatre specialists Punchdrunk Enrichment bring their other worldly wonder, and up-and-coming comedy duo Robin & Partridge will host ‘Speed Birthday Parties’, squeezing kids’ parties into fifteen minutes of fun.

Elsewhere, there will be mini-music videos, made-to-order poems by The Poetry Takeaway, ‘reggae’ nursery rhymes and a food market curated by Street Feast.

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