What is the Festival of Communities?

The Festival of Communities is an annual event that celebrates everything that makes East London a fantastic place to live and work. It brings together hands-on demonstrations of local research and services, loads of fun family activities, food stalls, and games, to create two-days of fun for all ages and interests!

The festival was created by Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with Tower Hamlets community groups and organisations, to provide a space where everyone can come together, share experiences, and get involved in our borough in ways that it may not have had the opportunity to before.

This year the festival is taking place over two days, in Stepney Green Park on Saturday 11th June and on the QMUL Mile End Campus on Sunday 12th June.

Discover Bone & Joint Health at the Festival

Bone & Joint Health will be hosting a stand at Stepney Green Park on the Saturday 11th June, why not come and join us? You can discover how Bone & Joint Health are transforming research, education and care for people with bone & joint disorders and injuries!

There will be a variety of activities for all ages:

  • Feeling of what it’s like to drill screws into our model skeleton, just like an orthopaedic surgeon
  • Have your own orthopaedic photo shoot by wearing operating scrubs, operating hat and trying on an arm cast
  • Test your steadiness skills by stitching a banana
  • Have your chance of winning Jelly Beans and a Hamper by guessing how many Jelly Beans are in the jar
  • Tell us what you think about taking part in research by writing down your comments and sticking them on our skeleton poster
  • Speak to us to find out more about Barts Bone & Joint Health!

    We hope at the Fesitval to…

    We are hoping to engage with the local community to find out what you think about bone and joint problems and what you think about taking part in research. We are especially interested in people who have some experience of bone and joint health problems and with an interest on talking to us about future research and or joining our public advisory group.

    We want to hear people’s thoughts about research and what is important to them. Feedback is vital and it can help design and improve future research and healthcare for patients!


    If you would like to find out more about opportunities to drive our research, please email us.