ROAM: Mini Festival Explores London On An Old Library Bus
A unique project brought this roaming "village green preservation society" through East and South East London to give talks and interact with local creativity.
For the last 2 months, ROAM, an old revitalized library bus has been making its way through East London, from Waltham Forest to Greenwich. Why? Because it was a key part of the CREATE10 Festival, a major arts festival celebrating the wealth of creativity residing in East and South East London. Whether hosting acoustic picnics in Hackney park, a ‘After Dark Batwalk’ at Hollow Pond park or angling on the Lea, Roam offered everyone the chance to participate in a miniature free festival celebrating the slowed-down and mellow.
The ROAM website explains more:
What is Roam? Well, picture a mobile village green preservation society, wending its way across London’s five host boroughs for London 2012, stopping off to lead foraging walks or geology talks. Think of it as a very British version of Ken Kesey’s magic bus – a TARDIS on wheels – an old library van filled with ephemera, flora and fauna collected from the markets and charity shops it pulls up outside. It’s a place to hang out and daydream, where the daily guest speakers are well-versed in radical thought and untapped local knowledge. Imagine a versatile space filled with field recordings and site-specific sound installations, that packs itself up at the end of the day and drives off into the sunset.