We have applied for an events and road closure license and are currently waiting for the license to be granted. In the unlikely event that the license is not granted, no money will be taken from backers. We close Osborne Road to traffic and fill it with musicians, stilt-walkers, magicians, entertainers, a climbing wall, dancing, hula-hoops, an under-5s playground with activities - and thousands of people having a great day together. The Forest Gate Festival has taken place annually since 2000 by local residents. There are over 70 stalls - local businesses, craftspeople, food-stalls, a tea-tent and all the diversity that makes this community so special.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
A report a few years ago about the area featured this quote: ‘The Forest Gate Festival is fantastic, I cannot overstate it enough – that’s when Forest Gate comes alive. It’s genuinely really good. It’s got a good combination–you can put stall up and make a few pounds. But it’s also where I meet the neighbours – talk to people that I wouldn’t usually. People make home-cooked food. It’s not commercial, which is fantastic – It’s just local people doing nice, simple things. If the sun shines, it’s a perfect day" (IPPR, Shared Ground) It brings the community together, which feels increasingly important. It engages over 80 local people as performers and artists, 200 people as stall-holders and 40 people as volunteers. It attracts upwards of 6000 people, most of whom spend much of the day on the street, enjoying the festival and chatting to their neighbours. It is organised entirely voluntarily by local residents.
Steps to get it done:
The fact that it is a free event is crucial – we want everyone to be able to come along. It costs around £7000 to bring the day together – to pay for the street closure, stage, sound equipment, public liability insurance, music licensing, climbing wall, first aid, posters, leaflets, street entertainers and performers. We are able to raise about £1000 through stalls, and get a small ‘Lets Get The Party Started’ grant from Newham Council. Three local housing associations make a donation and we raise a bit of money from local businesses. This crowdfunding campaign is crucial – we need this £3000 to make the day happen.
About the space
London Borough of Newham