Party in the park at Ally Pally

By Clare Casey in Local People

IN less than a week the grounds of Ally Pally will come alive with theatre, comedy, and three live music stages.

As well as music they’ll be graffiti workshops, steel drummers and circus shows at the Alexandra Palace Summer Festival on Saturday (July 22).

This year’s bill features lots for kids: Jackson’s Lane Lost in Translation Circus - with their new show Cirque Bordello, combination of theatrical storytelling with circus skills; The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show; a giant inflatable waterslide, family raves and outdoor cinema.

In anticipation of the opening of the new Victorian Theatre next year – which after 80 years will be brought back to life with a capacity of up to 1,300 people – organisers say this year’s Summer Festival is particularly packed with theatre, comedy and artistic performances.

Festival-goers can enjoy a range of live music from folk, jazz, rock and soul to funk and Afro Brazilian beats across three different stages, with headliners including the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Group, music from the local community on the People’s Stage and new, unsigned and emerging musical talent.

Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, said:

“The historic setting of Alexandra Palace & Park provides a unique backdrop for our annual Summer Festival.

“This year, we are particularly proud to offer a bold and exciting programme with a theatrical and artistic twist to mark the next chapter of the Palace – the new Victorian Theatre which will open in 2018.”

Councillor Joanna Christophides, Chair of Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, said:

“All the proceeds from the Summer Festival come back to the Charitable Trust, which helps us to maintain and improve the Palace and Park for the public and to curate events and activities that bring together and enrich the London community.”

The Alexandra Palace Summer Festival takes place from noon to 10pm.

Entry is free but some attractions require tickets and need to be booked in advance.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.summerfestival.alexandrapalace.com

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