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CREATIVE: Your Stratford Stage

HIP-HOP storytelling, local dance battles, mindful art workshops and family fun days will all feature as part of the Your Stratford Stage event series this month hosted by International Quarter London (IQL).

The new neighbourhood destination and business district located next to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is free to attend and running throughout this month. The diverse programme celebrates east London’s creativity and multicultural talent.

Your Stratford Stage is the first in a series of curated events taking place across IQL this summer, with Endeavour Square, the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, transformed into a public stage for Stratford.

Hosted by Lendlease and London and Continental Railways, Your Stratford Stage showcases some of the best local talent from across the worlds of dance, theatre, music, arts and literature.

The exciting line-up caters for all ages and abilities and unites well known organisations from the UK cultural sector with an inspiring mix of independent artists and performers.

Your Stratford Stage launches on May 16 with an open party at Endeavour Square, IQL (6-8pm), and features a lead performance from London Afrobeat Collective.

It concludes with two half-term family days on May 28 and 29. Andrew Tobin, project director, IQL, Lendlease Europe, said: “Stratford has a well-established and diverse cultural heritage, and Your Stratford Stage is a fitting celebration for the creative talent on our doorstep.

OPPORTUNITIES

“At IQL we want to champion local talent from past, present and future generations. Collaborative opportunities between local partners are increasing rapidly as our new community grows and is one of the hallmarks of this innovative and vibrant area.”

Ivy Nwanze, events and engagement manager of British Council, said: “Moving our global headquarters to Stratford in 2020 will provide our organisation with the opportunity to create a space that demonstrates the vital work we do in cultural relations.

“It will also allow us to be locally connected with the communities in Newham and beyond. Therefore, when presented with the chance to support the Your Stratford Stage event series, we were keen to get involved.”

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