We’re major fans of The Art Car Boot Fair, east London’s bijoux and slightly bonkers summer music festival meets art fair, that’s been beating its own path through the art world for 10 years. Which is exactly why it’s worth highlighting once again – it’s a major milestone which means two things: a round of applause and a party. Anniversary celebrations will see creative glitterati and fervent boot fair supporters including Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Polly Morgan and Gavin Turk rock up to hawk their knock-down wares (prices start at around £10 and only ever really go as high as £1,000) from vintage Vauxhalls. Past years have seen Jarvis Cocker play a DJ set, while last year we had our fortune read in a Jubilee tent by Queens Elizabeth I and II (you had to be there). Of particular interest, however, is the charity tent in aid of Just For Kids Law, an award-winning charity that represents children/teenagers in court and aims to turn lives around. Here, art world royalty will host games including bingo, pass the art parcel, and handbag disco in aid of the charity.
The food and drink is worth a special mention too. Last year it was baking hot and we drank home-made cider and ate curious flavoured ice creams while picking up limited edition prints, badges and books. This year, Sir Peter Blake is doing a special edition of 110 art car boot fair anniversary prints, while scrumptious treats include bacon sarnies and ox-heart buns courtesy of St John Bread and Wine, and artisanal nibbles from Shoreditch foodie mecca Leila’s. If you haven’t ever been to the Art Car Boot Faior, make this landmark one your first. For seasoned old timers, it’s a don’t miss event anyway.