Art & Culture
Jazz, rollerskates and sunshine at the Certain Blacks Ensemble Festival
Families descended on the Crystal Gardens last weekend for the Certain Blacks Ensemble Festival. By the waters of Royal Victoria Dock, some of London's finest musicians took to the stage while children splashed in the paddling pool at Kids Summer Splash nearby.
Headlining jazz legends Cleveland Watkiss and Orphy Robinson, the festival also hosted aerial circus and live art performances from the likes of Joana Dias and Out of Order. Here are some portraits and performances from the day snapped by photographers Zach Ekpe and Sam Bush.
Certain Blacks Ensemble Festival is part of our summer programme, Join the Docks. The line-up continues with Shakespeare, jazz, art workshops, fireworks, exhibitions, and much more — all for the free. Check out upcoming events here.
The best in entertainment, the best in jazz music, the best in performance... right on our doorstep.
Clive Lyttle, Certain Blacks artistic director
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Art & Culture
In photos: magical moments from Join the Docks
Floating fireworks and free swimming classes. Sandcastles and silent discos. This summer, our Join the Docks festival celebrated the Royal Docks from end to end.
Open water calling
On show now at this interactive exhibition, the illustrations of Matt Ponting capture quintessential local landmarks in quirky lines and colours. Yet it’s not just his art that’s peculiar to the Royal Docks.