Dreamers & Players : May Bank Holiday 6/5 : Land of Kids Festival

The Bus Stop team are feeling the buzz about this new-born Hackney based kids festival LAND OF KIDS, which takes place from 12-7pm on May Bank Holiday. The Festival has been created by the wild and wonderous creative team behind the arts event Land of Kings. The driving force behind the event is the Kingdom Collective, who are a collective of individuals who know a thing or two about ‘branding’ and like to produce memorable experiences that get people talking and to make a difference and change behaviour.


You will find the action around a cluster of venues in Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8, so look out for noise from the Arcola Theatre, Arcola Tent, Café Oto, Eastern Curve Garden, Print House Gallery, Bootstrap Carpark. The surrounding outside spaces will be transformed into the ultimate children’s party, packed to the hilt with a cargo of curiosities.


Punchdrunk Enrichment bring their signature immersive theatre to Dalston with their Story Balloonists, resident cockney royals the Pearly King & Queen of Bow throw High Tea in a Greasy Spoon, catered by the decadently delicious Pomp de Franc Cake Society, The Lost Picture Show host shadow puppet workshops, mum-blog collective Momma Loves host Mad Hatter’s Unbirthday Parties with comedic duo Robin & Partridge, festival faves Lost & Found set up Pirate School for brave buccaneers, animal outfitters Kigu rock up with a pop-up zoo, and some cheeky discounts and exclusive offers…


…and, then there will be a scooter painting artistic frenzy led by the sick team from kids clothes company Indikidual, guerilla gardening for the worm lovers, music from the Hackney Youth Jazz Ensemble, a right ole UV Aerobics party with the raving team at Sink The Pink, and for those with a perfectly grubby face chance to get your mug shot taken by the very clickety clever and talented photographer Sonya Hurtado. This family event is going to deliver magic for the teenies, decent grub for the tweenies, and a well deserved beer for the grownies. Let’s party. xo

From the Boss

Festival Director Connie Harrison says: “Similar to Land of Kings, we wanted to bring together some of the best of the area’s arts and cultural groups for a very local festival, but for a different audience. For Land of Kids we’re putting together an afternoon of curiosities that will hopefully be magical for Hackney’s kids but fun for parents too.”


£19.50, family ticket £60, under-2s free. Buy here.