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Barking Folk Festival

Barking Folk FestivalThe Barking Folk Festival is one of the key events in our Summer of festivals’ programme.

Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June 2019

11am to 4pm (Abbey Green)

3pm to 9.30pm (Abbey Ruins)

A family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music and dance plus poetry, street theatre, art and family fun!

Saturday's programme in the Abbey Ruins explores 'Rebels in the Ruins' headlined by British electronic music group Dreadzone alongside back by popular demand British folk singer Beans on Toast, British folk singer Will Varley, solo acoustic musician Gaz Brookfield and singer and songwriter Quiet Loner. Sunday's programme is dedicated to World Folk Music headlined by fuse electronic music group Afro Celt Sound System with English folk band The Demon Barbers XL, breathtaking flamenco dance group Flamenco with Alma Gitana and World percussion group TalkingDRUM.

Activities include:

  • live music, crafts and carnival workshops
  • crafts and stalls
  • street theatre and circus shows
  • delicious street food

Festival locations include:

  • Gathering on the Green - 11am to 4pm
  • Abbey Ruins Live - 3pm to 9.30pm

Barking Folk Festival poster - web.pdf

Grab your tickets for Saturday and Sunday’s Abbey Ruins Live. Also, upgrade your ticket to get the ultimate Folk VIP package with jump-the-queue entry, a festival picnic with drinks and access to the hospitality area.

Get your tickets

Ticket Information

Gathering on the Green - No tickets required.

Abbey Ruins Live - Free tickets are available for Barking and Dagenham residents using the promotional code available in the residents only newsletter, the One Borough Newsletter or contact us through Facebook. Non residents tickets are available at only £12 per adult and £3 per child by booking through Eventbrite or £15 per adult and £5 per child at the ticket office on the day of the event. 

Please note a free ticket does not guarantee you entry to Abbey Ruins Live and it will be on a 'first come first served' basis whereas paid tickets will guarantee you entry to Abbey Ruins Live which opens to an array of fantastic folk music. 

Full Programme listed below.

Parking

Parking is available at Bobby Moore Way and London Road Multistorey Car Park.

Local parking charges apply.

An official photographer has been commissioned by the Council to take photographs and/or film at the Barking Folk Festival. 

The photographs and films may be published, transmitted or broadcast in LBBD publications and/or publicity materials, and websites, and may be circulated to the press and other broadcast media and internet websites for publication, transmission or broadcast. Should you have any queries, please contact the Events' Team at summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk

 

Sponsors

A big thank you to our sponsors and partners whom, through their support, help us create a fantastic Barking Folk Festival programme:

Elevate/Agilisys

London City Airport

McLaren Construction

Mulalley

Notting Hill Genesis

Weston Homes

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Barking Folk Festival Programme 2019.pdf

Saturday's Abbey Green Programme Toggle accordion

Stage

11.25am - Haverfolk

12pm - Captain K and the XIth Hour Reapers

12.25pm - VP Bhangra Juniors

12.40pm - Versme

1.05pm - Jordan Academy of Irish Dance

1.30pm - Haverfolk

2.05pm - Lit Youth and Lit Miniz

2.15pm - Big Deal

2.25pm - CDC Dance Group

2.30pm - Konverse Dance Crews

2.40pm - Haverfolk

3.25pm - Festival Parade led by UKON Careers

Workshops

11am - Fairy Flowers craft workshop - make a lovely poppy, daisy or buttercup

11am - Flower Power craft workshop by Studio 3 Arts

11am - Carnival Experience workshop

11.30am - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

11.45am - Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

12pm - Spoken Not Stirred with Studio 3 Arts

12.15pm - Too Many Cooks - Handmade theatre

1pm - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

1.30pm - Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

1.30pm - Spoken Not Stirred with Studio 3 Arts

1.30pm - Too Many Cooks - Handmade theatre

2pm - Fairy Flowers craft workshop - make a knapweed, scabious or cornflower

2.20pm - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

2.45pm - Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

2.55pm - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

3pm - Too Many Cooks - Handmade theatre

3.15pm - Spoken Not Stirred with Studio 3 Arts

Meet our Treemendous strollers walking around at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.20pm.

Visit our busking point at the curfew tower and enjoy our fantastic street performance by Haverfolk and let them get you ready for the evening programme!

Sunday's Abbey Green Programme Toggle accordion

11.25am - Haverfolk

12pm - Latin Love

12.25pm - Katie Guyton Stage School

12.40pm - Devon Mayson

1.05pm - Sovicka

1.30pm - Haverfolk

2.05pm - Rom Shanty Crew

2.35pm - The Box Wood Chessmen

3.25pm - Studio 3 Collective Samba

Workshops

11am - Fairy Flowers craft workshop - make a lovely dandelion, daisy or red clover

11am - Playful Protest workshop by Studio 3 Arts

11am - Beautiful Brains workshop

11.30am - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

11.45am - Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

12pm - Spoken Not Stirred with Studio 3 Arts

12.15pm - Too Many Cooks - Handmade theatre

1pm - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

1.30pm - Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

1.30pm - Spoken Not Stirred with Studio 3 Arts

2pm - Fairy Flowers craft workshop - make a red campion, primrose or violet

2.20pm - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

2.30pm - Too Many Cooks - Handmade theatre

2.45pm - Mr Alexander's Travelling Show

2.55pm - Storytelling with Storyteller Shane

3.15pm - Spoken Not Stirred with Studio 3 Arts

Meet our bopping strollers, the Pigeons walking around at 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.50pm.

Enjoy our fantastic street performance by Pilgrims Dream at the busking point at the curfew tower to set the mood for the evening programme!

Saturday's 'Rebels in the Ruins' Programme Toggle accordion

3.40pm - Festival Parade led by UKON Careers

3.55pm - Mayor's Speech

4.05pm - Quiet Loner

4.55pm - Gaz Brookfield

5.50pm - Beans on Toast

6.55pm - Will Varley

8.10pm - Welcome by the Leader

8.15pm - Dreadzone

Sunday's 'Folk On Earth' Programme Toggle accordion

3.40pm - Festival Parade led by Studio 3 Art's Samba Collective

3.55pm - Mayor's Speech

4pm - TalkingDRUM

4.40pm - Flamenco with Alma Gitana

5.30pm - Worry Dolls

6.40pm - The Demon Barbers XL

8.10pm - Welcome by the Leader

8.15pm - Afro Celt Sound System

Community projects Toggle accordion

Flower Folk

Part of #thisisme

Be part of our community project to create handmade flowers for the festivals that symbolises your personality. 

Flowers can be knitted or made from recycled plastic bottles or why not knit lengths of beautiful festival bunting. 

 

Flower Folk Leaflet.pdf

 

Please feel free to use the flower or bunting guidance patterns, if required:

 

How to Knit Your Own Bunting.pdf

How to Knit a Petunia.pdf

 

We want the whole community to take part!

 

Deliver your flowers to our Drop Off Points at Barking Learning Centre or Dagenham Library.

 

For your school, club or family to take part contact us at summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk 

Thank you to all the knitters, crafters and artists for their time, their art and their passion!

Access and facilities Toggle accordion

Parking

There is no public car parking on site but parking is available at Bobby Moore Way and London Road Multistorey Car Park, only a short walk away from site.

Local parking charges apply (RINGO) for council car parks.

Blue Badge Holders

This year we have introduced a free Blue Badge Car Park on site on the Abbey Green that can be accessed from Abbey Road. Please display your badge as you arrive.

Public Transport

Barking has great transport connections via Barking station which is only a five minute walk from the venue. The station is serviced by District and Hammersmith & City underground lines, National Rail services via C2C and London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line.

Accessibility

Abbey Green is a relatively flat site on grass with hard standing paths.

The Abbey Ruins is on two levels, with the main entrance point via the Curfew Tower (off Broadway) which services the majority of facilities including a good viewing area and toilets including one accessible toilet and one adult changing area. Steps lead to the lower level where the caterers and the bar is located.

Facilities

Both sites have toilets, baby change and adult changing areas.

We are working with Mobiloo to provide specialist facility with ramped access, accessible change, toilet and shower and a hoist.

For assistance during the event, please visit the Information Point.

First Aid on site is located near the Information Point.

Families attending are encouraged to visit the Information Point in order to gain a wristband in case children or vulnerable adults become separated from your group.

Local Accommodation

There is no accommodation on site, however, we have a number of local accommodation within walking distance.

Travelodge

Ibis

Ibis Budget

camp sites

Entry conditions Toggle accordion

Searches including bags will be carried out as you enter the venue.

You can bring:

  • food, or this can be purchased
  • sealed soft drinks or water
  • folding chairs or picnic rugs
  • your ticket, or show on phone - for residents, proof of address is required

Please do not bring:

  • alcohol or unsealed soft drinks
  • glass
  • BBQs or gazebos
  • weapons, drugs or legal highs
  • uncontrolled or dangerous dogs (please keep dogs on leads)

Official event photography and filming will take place and will be used for all marketing and communication purposes. Photo consent forms will be completed for close-up shots of children. Please contact the Information Point if you have any concerns.

We look forward to welcoming you to our family friendly festival!