If you’re aged 13-16, and live in Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest or Tower Hamlets, why not sign up for the FREE EAST Education Summer School in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park? From one-off classes to full week courses, there are lots of great sessions full of unique experiences, ideas and inspiration – and it’s a great chance to meet new people and have fun!

Summer School courses are being delivered by world-leading organisations. As well as those already based around the Park, EAST Summer School gives institutions who will be moving to, or expanding their offer in, east London the opportunity to work with local young people. This includes UCL, UAL’s London College of Fashion, the BBC, Sadler’s Wells and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, who together form East Bank, the Park’s exciting cultural and education district.

Other organisations involved include Studio Wayne McGregor, Badu, the British Council, The Yard Theatre, Breakin’ Convention, Stratford Circus and Loughborough University London. Courses are as varied as the contributors, and past EAST Education Summer School programmes have included sessions in dance, museum curation, fashion and computer game design.  

Applications for EAST Summer School 2020 are not yet open, but please email SummerSchool@QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk if you have any questions.

Week 1

  • Monday 29 Tuesday 30 July, 10am – 4pm


    An interactive two-day course exploring fashion, film and storytelling, all from your phone. Learn about the history of cinema and filmmaking, how films are made and who makes up a film crew, then use your phone to put your new skills into practice and make a film of your own.

  • Thursday 1 August, 1:30pm – 4pm

    A hands-on half day course exploring creating 2D artwork to then transform into 3D pieces, gaining an understanding of how artists can use similar objects to create multiple pieces.

  • Tuesday 30 July, 10am – 4pm
    Thursday 1 August, 10am – 4pm

    These one-day workshops have been designed and produced by The Committee, 15 – 19 year olds at The Yard. Each session will be a creative masterclass learning skills in different fields of theatre, ranging from script writing, devising, clowning, drag and more!

  • Tuesday 30 July, 10am –  4pm

    A one-day workshop featuring a range of interactive activities on environmental topics including: fashion and the environment; up-cycling; food and the environment; regrowing your food; sustainable communities and more.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm


    Over 5 days you will design, develop a social action project ready to be delivered in your community. You will explore and develop Life Skills such as confidence and creativity to help you step into the world as a changemaker. You will be left with a real-life example of your abilities to make a difference – something that you can talk about to friends, family and future employers.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm

    A five-day course for lovers of computer games, focusing on designing experiences of play – including the emotional experience – and how games are created. Come with an interest in all kinds of games and leave with a new skillset on game development.

  • Wednesday 31 July – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm

    A collaborative 3-day course on architecture and design, covering development and drawing, prototyping and creating wearable architecture to take away.

  • Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August, 10am – 4pm

    Try out a range of DIY graphics techniques and creative processes, such as printmaking or creating zines, with a special focus on campaigning, spreading the word and influencing opinion in this four-day course led by designer Sahra Hersi.

  • Tuesday 30 July, 10am – 4pm

    A one-day interactive workshop demonstrating how mainstream tools such as drone technology can be used in positive ways, such as capturing and mapping the environment.

  • Thursday 1 – Friday 2 August, 10am – 4pm

    Handle objects from around the world and explore ‘stuff’ from different cultures, finding inspiration from objects in our everyday lives with the help of poet Toni-Ann La-Crette – a two-day course to aid creative thinking.

  • Monday 29 July – Friday 2 August (no class on Thursday 1 August) – 11:30 – 5.30pm


    A four day dance workshop where you will learn moves in afro beats, contemporary, ballet and more, this is for anyone interested in trying out new styles.

Week 2

  • Monday 5  – Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm

    A fun and interactive three-day course covering the key components of the fashion business, including design, style, marketing, retail and more.

  • Tuesday 6 August, 10am – 4pm
    Thursday 8 August, 10am – 4pm

    These one-day workshops have been designed and produced by The Committee, 15 – 19 year olds at The Yard. Each session will be a creative masterclass learning skills in different fields of theatre, ranging from script writing, devising, clowning, drag and more!

  • Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 August, 1.30pm – 4pm

    A course over two half days following the journey and process of objects from archaeological excavation to museum display. Handle ancient Egyptian objects, learn how to catalogue, label and display a collection and present a shot informative museum-style talk.

  • Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm

    A one-day creative writing workshop from The Poetry Society – craft and perform your own piece of poetry, with help and guidance from an expert facilitator.

  • Thursday 8 August, 10am – 4pm

    An interactive and inspiring one-day workshop focusing on the creative writing process through using objects as prompts to explore, creative and develop characters who owned the chosen objects.

  • Friday 9 August, 10am – 4pm

    “He who knows many languages lives many lives” – Czech proverb

    Challenge everything you thought you knew about languages at this hands-on workshop, in which you may venture where no linguist has gone before…

    We will be exploring what it means to communicate in many languages at the same time, celebrating all kinds of linguistic knowledge and bringing it together in a creative, multilingual finale. Whether you speak one language or five, all are welcome – just bring all your creativity/chutzpah/আবেগ /joie de vivre/情熱 /Begeisterung/duende, and a sense of adventure!

  • Monday 5 August, 10am – 4pm

    Did you ever collect toys? Stickers? Pokémon? Heard about the woman who collected eight thousand teddy bears? This one-day session will investigate what makes a collection in a museum, and what you might include in a museum all about yourself.

  • Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm
    Thursday 8 August, 10am – 4pm
    Friday 9 August, 10am – 4pm

    With the help of a BBC sound engineer, explore the Park and take sound recordings of wildlife in these interactive one-day courses – the final recordings will be used to create a Lost Words Sound Trail as part of the BBC Lost Words Prom on 25 August.

  • Monday 5 August, 10am – 4pm

    A must for Harry Potter fans! Tech company Kano created a wand that users can program to cast spells when they have their hand. In this one-day workshop, assemble your own wand, program what effects the spell gestures should have and play with your spells in the accompanying app.

  • Tuesday 6 –  Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm

    A two-day digital storytelling workshop, using museum objects to trigger stories about a day in east London in 2050. As well as digital storytelling, this workshop will cover aspects of storyboarding, video editing, audio recording and editing and video production. Bring along a photo or object that connects you to the place where you live now to make the most out of the day.

  • Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 August, 10am – 4pm

    A three-day programme combining art, writing, history and activism. Through unique access to some of UCL Special Collections’ archives of rare magazines and publications, explore how trailblazers used the printed format to break conventions, then create your own personal publication with help from artists.

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August (theatre trip instead of Thursday session), 11.30am – 5.30pm

    A 5-day dance workshop led by Miles Ncube, incorporating African, contemporary and hip hop styles. Learn about body movement and creativity, and produce a performance at the end of the week. Includes four days of dancing and a trip to Sadler's Wells on the Thursday to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet!

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 11.30am – 5.30pm

    A varied and interactive 5-day workshop spanning rap, grime, music, theatre skills and dramaturgy as you work on produce a creative project of your own.

  • Monday 5 – Thursday 8 August, 10am – 4pm

    Learn to design and hack your own video games in this four-day course led by games designer Matteo Menapace. Explore and experience the creative process from idea to playable game – no prior experience is needed.

  • Monday 5 – Friday 9 August, 10am – 4pm

    A series of interactive workshops across 5 days led by experienced dance filmmakers Jessica Write and Morgann Runacre Templte (Jess and Morgs). Create your own movement material inspired by a theme, then learn filming techniques to capture the choreography and follow the process through from the edit to a completed short film.

East Summer School is just one example of how the partners coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are already working with together and with local communities in east London to make sure that the benefits of the project are felt by all.