Art for Hundreds of Thousands
Create Festival Celebrates the Creative Scene in East London
||The Summer Olympics start in London on July 27, but the Create festival already sets the mood in the British capital ahead of time. The special thing about the Deutsche Bank-supported
project is that the events for the most part take place in everyday
life—in parks, on playgrounds, billboards, and streets all around East
London. More than 100 events will take place before July 21, ensuring
that Create will reach hundreds of thousands of people who can
experience contemporary art and culture in a direct way. At the same
time, the festival celebrates the quarter’s creative scene, where more
than 12,000 artists, musicians, designers, and filmmakers live.
Among the more prominent participants is the Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, who presents his work Sacrilege, a working jungle-gym version of the Stonehenge monument that turns up repeatedly in a variety of locations. At Create, the star photographer David Bailey,
the East End-born chronicler of “Swinging London,” presents his
collection of pictures of the area for the first time. The motifs range
from a portrait of the Kray twins, the infamous London gangsters of the fifties, to multicultural street scenes of today. The theater group You Me Bum Bum Train
performs one of their incredible interactive happenings, while in the
working-class area of Walthamstow a joint concert takes place of the
BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Hip Hop star Ms. Dynamite and other protagonists of the British urban scene.
builds bridges between the various different social groups of East
London and reinforces cultural education. The focus here is the idea
that art and creativity open up new perspectives for our everyday life,
enable dialogues to take place, and thus foster constructive forms of
social change. This mixture between cultural and social commitment also
convinced Deutsche Bank. As the project’s main sponsor, it supports the
festival for the third time already. Along with the BBC and the Barbican cultural center, Create also cooperates with the Frieze Art Fair, which has long been sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Among the Frieze Projects East are a candy-colored sculpture by Gary Webb that children can climb on and a public work by Sarnath Banerjee, whose work is also part of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Banerjee’s graphic novel can be seen on numerous billboards.