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The Garden Gatherings – Free Community Day

Leigh Library Gardens
11.00 am to 7.00 pm
Part of Southend Arts Festival

Closing the weekend on Sunday 5 September is a day of free live folk, roots, Americana and soul, with community art workshops, children’s entertainment, street theatre, storytelling, food stalls, wellness activities, spoken word, dancing and street food. Closing the event will be soul-soaked-brilliance Jordan McKampa, supported John Smith, James Riley, Rachael Dadd, Anna McLuckie, Luke Jackson, Roisin O’Hagan, Native Harrow, Georgia Crandon, Catgod, Lucy Kitt, in earnest and Benkio.

Sunday will be accompanied by community art workshops and performances, children’s entertainment, street theatre, storytelling, food stalls, wellness activities, spoken word, dancing, street food, and a full festival bar, also stocked with a specially selected range of craft and cask from Leigh-on-Sea Brewery, Garden Gatherings Beer Partner.


6:05: Jordan Mackampa (solo)
5:15: Native Harrow
4:10: John Smith
3:05: Rachael Dadd
2:25: Luke Jackson
1:35: Catgod
12:45: MG Boulter
12:00: Shanty session (Hoy Shanty, Silver Darlings & Mains’l Haul)


16:15: Lunatraktors
15:30: in earnest
14:45: James Riley
14:00: Samantha Whates
13:15: Georgia Crandon
12:30: Benkio
11:45: Roisin O’Hagan
11:00: Morning Yoga + Meditation


Metal Makes creative corner behind Leigh Library will host a busking stage for alternative performances, storytelling and more. There will be street theatre from Tailwind Theatre and art demonstrations with Brave Arts, plus try your hand at drop-in workshops running from 11am to 5pm including Leigh Calligraphy, Justin Coe playing with poetry, Focal Point Gallery and Southend Museums will be joining us, explore mindfulness with NetPark Wellbeing and more.


Southend’s finest up and coming makers will be showcased with Fred and Noah (children’s printed clothing), Little Adventures With Dough (artisan play dough), Twist and Tassel (macrame), Buddha & Bubbles (artisan soap), Things of Nature (botanical body, hair and skincare), Lumi Essence (handmade candles), Tinker and Potter (pottery), Emilie Draws Things (art) and Show Up Southend with a shared makers space.

Also part of Southend Arts Festival

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