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|St Paul's Points east for Festival|
- New event promises to be 'fantastic introduction to the area,' says mayor
ST. PAUL'S Cathedral was among the 28 east London churches which rang the bells last night for the start of the first 'east' festival, a six-day event that could become an annual affair.
London Mayor Ken Livingstone was at the official launch and was keen to point to east London's artistic heritage.
"With its rich past and present, it has long been a real creative hotbed in London," he said. "east will, I hope, offer Londoners a great opportunity to sample and enjoy an unrivalled mix of cultural experiences and serve as a fantastic introduction to the area."
east (the lower case 'e' is deliberate) will, like the vibrant and highly mixed area itself, take on a variety of forms and venues, from the aforementioned churches, to museums, pubs, clubs, shops and restaurants. Food is one of the big themes of the festival, with the dozens of national cuisines found in the area represented.
Coinciding with east and enveloped within is the 25th anniversary of the Barbican arts centre, which is putting on a number of events, including showings of the top ten films shown at the Barbican, as voted by the public.
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