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Discover Poplar – a day of play on Cotall Street

Save the Date! Poplar Union, the new Arts & Community Venue in East London, welcomes you to  celebrate Poplar’s past, present and future!  Poplar Union are hosting a street party for the local community on Sunday 3 September to celebrate their first year of opening, the arrival of E5 Roasthouse Café, their partnership with Moo Canoes, and the new and improved plans for Bartlett Park led by Levitt Bernstein.

This free event will take place on Cotall Street, between Bartlett Park and the Limehouse Cut, where you’ll be able to take a walk through a pop-up tree-lined avenue to discover Poplar’s industrious past. Stop off at the interactive craft stalls, including biscuit decorating, print screening and soap making, and learn about the trade that kept the Limehouse Cut alive.

Watch live performances from local musicians, dancers and poets on the outdoor stage, or take to the water with a free Moo Canoe taster session.

Make your way to the E5 Roasthouse?, who will be running their new roastery and café from Poplar Union. As well as roasting their own coffee on site, they will be serving freshly made pizza, baked good and beverages throughout the day.

Walking through the café, you will reach Betty, Poplar Union’s large studio space, where you will be able to share your experiences of Poplar through Levitt Bernstein’s interactive pavilion. This will take shape over the day as people map their relationship with the area – creating a tunnel where you can learn about the neighbourhood.

Finish your journey in the gallery at the back of Poplar Union, where you can find draft plans of the regeneration of Bartlett Park.

The whole event is a celebration of the area, community and exciting times ahead, with an emphasis on the redevelopment of Bartlett Park, the plans to make the canal more accessible and welcoming, and of Poplar Union, the new creative heart of Poplar.

For more information visit www.poplarunion.com

About Poplar Union:
Situated between the Limehouse Cut and Bartlett Park, Poplar Union provides a communal, social and creative space that’s accessible to all. The newly launched Season 3 programme offers shows and workshops including children’s entertainment, live performances in music, theatre and comedy, art exhibitions, waterside activities, and health and wellbeing classes.

Poplar Union is a trading name of Lincoln Area Regeneration Group (LARG), a registered charity (no. 1122590). We are committed to supporting our community through art, culture and wellbeing. Through our diverse programming, we aim to increase social and economic prosperity within Poplar.

About Levitt Bernstein:
Levitt Bernstein is a practice of architects, urban designers and landscape architects with over 120 staff working from design studios in London and Manchester. We believe that good design can transform lives and apply this principle to our housing, education, health, arts and commercial projects of all shapes and sizes across the country.

About E5 Roasthouse & Café:
e5’s new café & coffee roastery brings their mission to support refugees and community events to Poplar Union, the arts & events venue in East London.

About Moo Canoes:
Moo Canoes were created in 2012 to help make London’s waterways more fun for everyone. They moved into Poplar Union earlier in the year where they now run their waterside activities. Along with offering adventures on the water, they work alongside Thames 21 and The Canal and River Trust to use their fleet to enhance and protect the waterways.