Interference 2012 – The Ice Cream Van


This summer the sounds, tastes, and flavours of East London will come alive with Rebecca Davies' The Ice Cream Van. She will be travelling up and down the country collecting English folk traditions and bringing them back to East London where they will be re-enacted and re-appropriated by local people.

The Ice Cream Van is a place of joy, public gathering, exchange and conversation, this project will celebrate our weird and wonderful histories by staging events that are right up your street...Cultural heritage in a cone!

From cheese chasing to karaoke crooning, nettle eating to disco dancing, scarecrow stuffing to bingo calling The Ice Cream Van will breathe new life into old traditions and whip them up for all to share.

Over the summer Rebecca Davies will be collaborating with local groups to collect stories of East End traditions and heritage, to inform the designs that will cover the van. She is also working with choirs and bands to re-imagine traditional ice cream chimes with a unique London flavour.

Rebecca Davies is an illustrator and video maker who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 where she specialised in moving image and sound. Her final show won the Sheila Robinson Prize for Drawing and she was nominated for the Helen Hamlyn Design Award. In 2011 Rebecca co-directed the creation of Studio at the Elephant – a unit in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre acting as a studio for artists to work with the local community and providing a platform for locals to express themselves creatively. Studio at the Elephant celebrates local people and their cultural heritage.

Interference 2010


The Ice Cream Van: Apple Day
Hackney City Farm
The Ice Cream Van at the Farm
Hackney City Farm
The Ice Cream Van presents the London Scarecrow Championships
Hackney City Farm
Photo by the artist

Photo by the artist

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Blog Post:

Scarecrows and snail races, traditions and archives: The Ice Cream Van has launched

The Ice Cream Van by Rebecca Davies launched with The London Scarecrow Championships. Watch the video with scenes from the day and read about how you can be part of the ongoing archive...

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