“CLOTH FAIR”: Provocation, Inspiration and Reinvention
A cluster of happenings coinciding with Bartholomew Fair 2023 30 August – 16 September 2023 (dates, various)
Yvonne Courtney provides an introduction to the Cloth Fair programme
Established in Smithfield in 1133 – Bartholomew Fair was a materials trading event/ pleasure fair – hence the origin of the location’s street name: Cloth Fair.
Bartholomew Fair continued until 1855 when it was banned by the City of London Corporation due to disorder and debauchery. Fast forward to 2023 and the City is restoring Bartholomew Fair over three weekends of spectacles and events. Programme here.
Cloth Fair itself runs alongside the St Bartholomew the Great church, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital – both celebrating their 900th anniversary in 2023.
Besides its textiles heritage, the area also has a strong literary tradition – with this in mind, to complement Bartholomew Fair – Cloth Fair’s community are celebrating their locality’s rich heritage with a series of cloth-related and written and spoken word happenings
Read press release below, and programme here
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