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Summer Events 2010

Brass Band playing on Arnold Circus

Arnold Circus bandstand celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010, and the whole bandstand area and gardens were then fully restored.

We marked this twin occasion with events that include music, carrom, marching bands, flying pigeons, a Vegetable Orchestra and strange machines.

We partnered with three great organisations – Folklahoma for the 5 music events, Spitalfields Music for Music Road, and Home Live Art for the Sharing Picnic 100.

  • May 23 – Arnold Day – in honour of Arthur Arnold, social campaigner – with the Pavilion Brass Band.  3-5
  • June 13 – Music Road – in partnership with Spitalfields Music, and opening the Spitalfields Festival.  Starting at 10.30am with specially commissioned new pieces in St Leonard’s, moving down Calvert Avenue following the Bavarian Strollers to the bandstand and a ceilidh band. Come and listen, dance,  find out how to make music from kitchen implements and vegetables. Events continue with Spitalfields Music further festival at the Geffrye Museum.
  • July 4 – An afternoon that brings old and new East London traditions together – the annual Carrom Contest at midday. At 3pm the spectacular release of 100 racing pigeons from the Kingsland and District Homing Society. And followed by Turkish drummer, Numan Elyer, 3.30pm
  • July 18 – The annual Arnold Circus Sharing Picnic – bring your food and a dish to share: music, artists and community stalls, an open-air kitchen, the challenge to cycle, at the end of the day, 100 times round the bandstand, led by a large and extraordinary custom-made person-powered vehicle. 1 – 5pm
  • September 12 – Bengali Music group 3 – 5pm
  • September 19 – Klezmer Klub music 3 – 5pm

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine Osborne permalink
    May 26, 2010 5:21 pm

    Happy 100th birthday to Arnold Circus! But don’t forget the people of the Old Nicholl, the East London slum that was there before the Boundary Estate. The many Silk Weavers, Costermongers, Hawkers and Shoemakers that made the East End the wonderful place it is today.

  2. T Leamy permalink
    May 30, 2010 12:10 pm

    Great to hear a preservation community is growing up around maintaining this inner-city oasis, and hope to make it to events over summer. However C Osborne rightly alludes to the arguably unsatisfactory outcome of the Boundary Road clearance for the original inhabitants of the locale, who were removed when the slum was demolished, and then mostly found the new tenements were either too expensive to rent, or not suitable for artisan work, or both. See Sarah Wise’s recent ‘The Blackest Streets’.
    Also, I’m sure ‘Nichol’ should be spelt with one ‘l’: see other internet material or the literature at Bancroft Road library.

    Best regards
    T Leamy

  3. June 11, 2010 5:37 am

    Happy Birthday Arnold Circus! My family (hugenot descendants live in Vincent Street) just off Old Nichol Street, and that too was demolished and became part of Arnold Circus. I have some lovely old photos and orginal documents of these Vincent Street residents if ever you are intereted.

  4. jean smith permalink
    July 13, 2010 10:24 am

    Please tell me if you would how i can find out more about my family [Maternal and Paternal]
    Icome from Shoreditch a have got as far back as 1820 ish, Do you think i would get ahead
    if i joined your society which i would quite like to do , if so please tell me how to go about it.
    Thankyou . JeanSmith

  5. friendsofarnoldcircus permalink
    July 27, 2010 7:20 am

    Yes, do join us, Jean: but we won’t be able to help you trace your roots. You’ll have to go down the usual route of local records etc. You might have done this already though, because the date of 1820 is very specific. Have you read Sarah Wise’s terrific “the Blackest Streets’? And her ‘Italian Boy’? Both of them would give you a vivid impression of the world of your predecessors.

  6. Gill permalink
    June 1, 2011 9:40 am

    Would you happen to know whether musicians are still required for the Arnold Circus celebrations in July? Our vocal group The Few (12 big voices and a beatboxer singing contemporary tunes in jaw-dropping five-part harmony) would be delighted to sing on the bandstand if so!

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