Shuffle Festival

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It started life last summer as a film festival in an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Mile End – a friendly, fun and downright lovely community project masterminded by Danny Boyle. This summer Shuffle is back, popping up at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in late July, screening Jim Jarmusch’s vampire flick ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ with a twilight bat walk. Boyle will also stop by for a Q&A after ‘28 Days Later’. More than a film festival, Shuffle is a local get-together and cultural free-for-all, with music, art, a pop-up restaurant (using locally foraged foods – the mind boggles), circus acts, swimming pool and a mile-long hopscotch.

The weekend's free activities also include an Alternative Village Fete on Saturday, which features a car boot disco, Pixar animation workshops and a bug museum. A Day of the Dead Science Fete takes place on Sunday, with breathtaking aerial performances, ice-cream making workshops and a living autopsy.

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Angela Lau

Art Macabre - Circus Skeletons This death drawing theme had less nudity than usual and required furious quick drawing to capture all the details of the three models - burly man with strength, woman with feathers and a naked mime... colourful, yet surprisingly eery on paper. Lots of fun for the mind!