If you're in the London area, there's a vibrant arts festival happening that offers something for everyone and a chance to purchase some truly original holiday gifts.
Across eighty stalls focusing on art, fashion, lifestyle, food, music, publishing and charity fundraising, the Voices East London Market Festival will pair the characters and ideas shared in Maryam Eisler’s new publication Voices: East London. Co-curated by Mei-Hui Liu, founder of Secret Rendez-Vous, the event brings together the now famous creatives who began their careers at Old Spitalfields Market in the late 1990s. Part exhibition, part retail pop-up, part performance, this is a chance for established as well as upcoming East London personalities – all of whom have been involved in the area’s eclectic creative history – to come together and celebrate at the iconic Old Spitalfields Market.
To create Voices: East London, Maryam Eisler spent two years capturing the area’s vibrancy at the forefront of Greater London’s evolving persona, revealing East London’s thriving kaleidoscope of visual geography by means of dynamic interviews and striking new photography. The book places East London among Europe’s pre-eminent ‘creative ghetto’ communities with a future that may well determine the capital’s cultural direction.
Secret Rendez-Vous is a collection of events established in 1998, connecting talented creatives in the East End through parties and fashion shows. Having moved to London in the 1990s – a time when the area was buzzing with an exclusive creative tribe of artists, musicians, designers and inspirational characters from all walks of life – Mei-Hui Liu perceived the dawn of a new era for London, when the city’s pulse was racing with a growing sense of vitality and a novel approach to style.
Dedicated to the makers of East London, the Voices East London Market Festival will support two East London charities: Spitalfields Crypt Trust, a charity supporting people recovering from addiction and the homeless; and Cardboard Citizens, which has made life-changing theatre with and for homeless people for more than twenty-fi ve years.
Come by for an inspirational and fun day at Old Spitalfields Market from 11am - 9pm, 13th December.