Forest Gate Festival needs your help

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Forest Gate Festival needs your help

Forest Gate Festival needs your help

Forest Gate Festival By Forest Gate Festival

A street festival in Forest Gate organised annually entirely by a team of local volunteers, celebrating the talent, culture and diversity of our corner of East London

Newham Idea stage

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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:

  • Organise a street festival with performers, musicians and childrens activities
  • Attract over 60 stalls
  • Provide activities for children including a climbing wall, bouncy castle, magicians

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:

  • Distribute 5000 leaflets publicising the event through local schools & through letterboxes, display 50 posters in shops
  • Attract 70 stallholders
  • Book at least 40 acts, performers, workshops and bands
  • Secure all the necessarily infrastructure-insurance, first aid, the stage and PA

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. 


Location Newham

About the space

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London Borough of Newham

How will the money be spent?Total £3,004

Stage and sound - £1,311 (44%)
Performers - £1,000 (33%)
Climbing Wall - £400 (13%)
Other - £293 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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Stage and sound
Climbing Wall
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,004

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Volunteers to help steward the event. 2 x 1 hour slots during the day, ideally. We need people who can walk up and down the street, who are friendly and approachable and who can get to a briefing at the top of Osborne Road at 10am on Festival Day.
  • A volunteer photographer to capture the day
  • A volunteer to help us with our website in the weeks leading up to the Festival and immediately afterwards

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