The Land of Kings festival serves up the best of Dalston culture, featuring local art, music, design, and dining from the London neighborhood.
Returning for a second year, the Land of Kings serves up the best of Dalston culture, wrapped up in a one day festival on Friday, 23rd April 2010. Localized in nature, the curators selected talent from art, music, design, and dining that comprise the London neighborhood – swinging the doors open to new venues, school halls and basement venues that keep nightlife in the area buzzing. This year’s itinerary is stacked, featuring electro-pop princess, Little Boots, the music stylings of Cocknbullkid, and the 9-piece Hackney Colliery Band who fuse funk, hi-octane rock, Balkan brass and ska from the musical Coalface, treating revellers to a dynamic experience. At the Dungeon of Discoveries, festival goers can explore an underground bunker exhibition space of interconnecting rooms with multiple performances and sensory-based interactive installations.
Also not to be missed is Laurence Fishburne’s hit play, Riff Raff. Following the play, Skip Theatre will take over the Arcola for a special night of interactive performances, music and dancing. And, Hackney design studio, Patternity (previously featured on PSFK) have curated “A Tapestry of Dalston” at the Print House Gallery with a wide range of local artists showcasing artwork influenced by Dalston’s history and culture.
The festival would not be complete without a royal activity thrown in for good measure. The Rebel Dining Society have joined forces with Land of Kings for a “Royal Banquet” taking the idea of pop-up dining one step further. A secret venue along the festival path will be transformed into a restaurant, serving up a three-course meal fit for a king in an eccentric atmosphere. Co-Founder and Festival Director, Nick Griffiths explains how the festival was launched:
It started with a kebab. We were having dinner at (local Turkish restaurant) Stone Cave and someone threw out the idea of getting local venues, promoters, bands, artists and Turkish eateries together for a party. We spent the next couple of months walking up and down Kingsland High St knocking on doors saying hello, asking whoever answered if they had any spaces we could use, then trying to get them involved. This year we have 15 venues including a post-war bunker, a Victorian school hall and the best of Dalston’s underbelly basement bars. Oh and Stone Cave which we’ll clear of its Flinstone-esque furniture for the ‘Rave in a Cave’.