Outdoor Arts Festival
Outdoor Arts Festival is a day of colourful and chaotic street performances, art workshops and live music in the heart of the University. Inspired by the University’s arts festivals of the 1960s, we present a big free party full of madcap fun surprises, creative arts workshops and free gifts.
Check out the centrepiece performances of Maypole and Morris Dancing and encounter roaming artists who’ll be making performances that respond to the crowd. Make yourself a classy Tote Bag or retro Tie Dye T Shirt with our team of makers. Sit and sculpt the day away at the Clay Workshop tent. Get a crazy makeover from the unbelievable Funky Hairdresser and the flamboyant Swank Make Up squad. All this and much more backed by live music that kicks off at lunchtime, soothes through the afternoon and then unlocks the funk and drums when the sun goes down.
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Things to see, 12-5pm
Grand Theatre of Lemmings
Art by Jevan Watkins Jones & Chris Dobrowolski
Dennis Teeth: Gramophone DJ
Things to do, 12-5pm
Tote Bag Decorating Workshops – make them and take them
Tie Dye T-Shirt Workshops – get the Summer look
Clay Workshop – sculpt the day away
Funky Hair Dresser – get a crazy ‘do
Make-up by Swank – flamboyant unisex make-up attack
Balloonatics Extreme Balloon Modelling – incredible inflatable sculptures
Cake Stall – sponge masterpieces
Lunchtime sessions, from midday.
Animanz – 8 piece space-fro-latin-hop band
Celtic Harp by GabaMargo – Relaxing string vibes
Evening sessions, after 5pm.
Fulcrum – Soulful pop from upcoming singer Little Robyn’s new outfit
Nomad Collective – Cuban rhythms, funk, rock guitars, heavy grooves and jazz improv
African Drumming & Juggling – Unleash the rhythm!
All free. All fun. Outdoor Arts Festival is coming to Square 3 on May 1. Are you?
Part of the University of Essex 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Presented by Art Exchange and Lakeside Theatre