I know caps mean shouting, but that’s just what we are doing, we are shouting ‘YAY WE ARE OPEN’ and ‘THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU’ to all our wonderful supporters’ and ‘COME HAVE SOME FUN WITH US’ to you all.
We have been so thrilled by the quality of our upcycler and food traders, the amazing set up and taste of the Cider House’s real ale and cider, and apple juice! Not to mention the great acts and entertainment laid on by the Pearlies and the Cockney Museum.
We are all so proud of what has been achieved here and would love you to come along and have a look. We are open each day from 12 to 9pm and look forward to welcoming you soon.
Calling all Industri[us] friends and family! Come along tomorrow from 12pm to 10pm for fun and entertainment, beginning with our very own opening ceremony at midday.
We wish all of our upcyclers and collaborators the best of luck as we stage our very own opening ceremony tomorrow at midday – do come along and check out all the fun things that will be happening on site, from the Cockney Museum to Urban Feasts dining delights, Uplifting Choices exhibition opening, young craft traders, an installation by Knightsbridge School a fun fair and much more. Hope to see you all there!
I think all of us on site can empathise with our Olympic hopefuls!
Our starting point is just over a week away too – Saturday July 28th! We are thrilled with the prospect of you all enjoying what has been many months in the planning.
Balfour Beatty have been running relays from our site opposite Canning Town Station to theirs next door, delivering pavers and plainings.
The Groundwork Team‘s muscles have been getting a consistent workout laying the pavers and plants in our wonderful front gardens, helped in no small way by the wonderful guidance and direction of the Landscape Group and coach Frank!
Urban Feast traders have been scoring highly in opening trials and we are delighted to have them take poll position on site, each day.
For those with a more competitive spirit we have the Ping Pong Pavilion where you can challenge a person or 12 for the crown of Ping Pong King or Queen.
Not to be confused with the Pearly King, who is much involved with the Cockney Museum which will take up residence or at least parking space on site, in its custom designed Bendy Bus from early August.
We are also delighted to showcase great energy efficient models on site such as Lumi-solar’s, hybrid solar and wind powered street lamp and Electric Pedal’s pedal powered cinema, phone charger and music player.
We are very fortunate to have local couture house Caramel Rock putting on a fantastic fashion show in August.
These are just some of the highlights this summer at the really exciting Industri[us] site this summer. We hope to see you there to cheer us on!
FORGET THE OLYMPICS… the real event in Newham this summer is Industri[us]
Industri[us] is a great example how people + hard work x enormous spirit and determination = amazing energy and change
With the help of our many, many wonderful supporters we are delighted to report that from July 20th we will be fully operational and looking amazing!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
The brown site we were awarded in the Meanwhile London competition has been completely transformed. Approaching Industri[us] from Canning Town Station or indeed from the Emirates Air Line Cable Car (just around the corner) you will be met with two beautifully landscaped open squares and the smell of delicious street food, courtesy of traders at Urban Feasts.
You can then marvel at the artistic talents of Rosetta Arts’ community art wall and the ROBOTS >>>> Canning Town Giant. You will be drawn to the beacon that is our Make/Shift Market and indulge in a little retail therapy, amazed at the alchemy some folks have to be able to make discarded material look so good. And all before you take the Ping Pong Challenge at our custom built pavilion.
There is something for everyone this summer at Industri[us]. Come and join in!
Apologies everyone but we have had to cancel our events and the food market due to inclement weather.
We will be taking a break from the market and events until July 20th when we will open once more with our wonderful Make/Shift Market complete and open for business and our site beautifully prepared awaiting you visit.
We are delighted to have our (slightly later than scheduled but worth the wait!) LFA events on site. It is quite fitting that the first event be architecturally themed, given that this Industri[us] is the brainchild of architectural practice Fluid.
Free and fun for all. Full details can be found on our Facebook page.
We hope to see you there!
SATURDAY 7th JULY
First up, on Saturday you can try your hand at multi-layer ping pong in the beautifully designed Playful Ping Pong Pavilion. The dismountable pavilion structure is a cross-Atlantic collaboration – designed and installed by students from Oxford Brookes and Montana State Universities.
We had a great weekend opening the site up to the public. We cannot praise Urban Feasts‘ delicious food traders enough for all the wonderful goodies and good temper given the inclement weather, and not forgetting are marvellous upcyclers f-a-c-e who were on hand all weekend.
Groundwork UK and Serco did an amazing job getting our front garden ready for our visitors.
We greatly appreciate all the locals and those who came from further a field that came to visit. It was great to be able to point to the base of the structure that’s going to be our Make/Shift Market and venue, to get a sense of the space that will be our outdoor event space and of course admire the fantastic work Robots >>>> and Rosetta Art have done on site.
Most importantly it was great to see people enjoying the space!
Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you next week when Urban Feasts are there once more from Thursday to Sunday, see here for more details.
We will be back on site presenting the Playful Ping Pong Pavillion and the postponed Paint your City…Events on July 7th and 8th from 11am – 4pm. Admission is free, we hope to see you there.