Biggest Wanstead Fringe yet delights residents

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 September 2017

The fifth Wanstead Fringe Festival treated locals to a week of cultural and musical events earlier this month.

From September 9 to September 16, around forty events including a classical recital from guitarist Pete Black, a Fringe Quiz and Disco Night hosted by Billy Stevens and a Coffee Brewing Workshop by the head barista from Wanstead’s new Bare Brew café captivated residents.

Giles Wilson, the festival’s director, explained that it was Wanstead’s biggest Fringe Festival yet.

He told the Recorder: “Many of the events sold out and people really seemed to enjoy it.”

Popular events included a Comedy Night featuring Paul Sinha from ITV’s The Chase and the Kinema, an outdoor film viewing of Moana on the grounds of Christ Church.

Giles said: “We are always worried about the weather, with holding such an outdoor event in September, but it was actually really lovely.

“The Kinema was a magical and atmospheric evening.”

The Wanstead Fringe Festival Association has already started planning next year’s festival. They encourage anyone looking to get involved with next year’s event to contact them and get in touch.

Giles said: “One thing I’d really like to see next year included in the festival is live theatre. We have had a couple of theatrical events over the years but we want to include more in the future.”

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