The End of the Pier – Voluntary Design & Build
Thanks to Voluntary Design and Build, who have miraculously transformed a waterlogged pontoon into a brand new Victorian-style pier. Be sure to explore the Hall of Mirrors before you board. Check out their website for a raft of fantastic self-build projects across Europe.
Weekends 4-6pm – Free (Register at the bar during the day)
Wild Hackney is an audio journey by canoe through an imaginary landscape of the
Lee Valley after the seawater has risen. Made in response to the canal and the surrounding ancient flood plains, the piece takes as inspiration the Victorian gothic novel After London by Richard Jefferies. Written in 1885, the book imagines London reverting to nature after a flood, with only a few survivors roaming the marshland. Using field recordings of the area, the soundtrack moves through scenes of a future Hackney timed to co-ordinate with the route of the canoe. Other elements of documentary and fiction combine to reflect on the allure of urban ruin.
Thanks to all those at British Waterways, Essex Flour & Grain and the London Boaters who have helped us to deliver the boat hire service for Folly for a Flyover.
“We, at British Waterways, are pleased to welcome the Folly for a Flyover to the River Lee Navigation in Hackney. East London’s waterways are part of a 100-mile network of canals, rivers and docks managed by British Waterways across the capital. Our canals and rivers provide unique green corridors through our urban spaces, which are used for a wide range of arts and cultural activities as well as recreational pursuits such as walking, cycling, boating and angling. We hope Folly for a Flyover will encourage more people to explore east London’s waterways and enjoy this increasingly vibrant open space at the heart of the city.”