The Dark Outside in Epping Forest

June 16th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
The Dark Outside in Epping Forest

The Dark Outside will be taking place between 20th and 21st June 2019 at The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and it’s free, all you have to do is just tune in. As anyone who lives in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford will tell you some of the biggest bonuses of living here is the proximity of Epping Forest as well as all the culture of central London. 

The Dark Outside is part of The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award, a major new initiative launched by the Mayor of London in June 2017. It aims to bring Londoners together and put culture at the heart of local communities, where it belongs, illuminating the character and diversity of London’s boroughs and demonstrate culture is for all.

As part of The People's Forest season, The Dark Outside is an event that will run over the 24 hours of the 2019 Summer Solstice. It will populate the airwaves over the treetops of Epping Forest so they bubble with the sound of the people of London. Starting at 12 pm on 20th June and presented by Luke Turner and Kirsteen McNish, the 24 radio station will be set up in the Tudor timbers of the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge and transmit sounds recorded and sent in by the people of the Forest, London and beyond. 

The Dark Outside part of The People's Forest season which is a series of events exploring our relationship with Epping Forest, interrogating the deep bond we have with forests and woodland, and how this relationship is culturally determined. On the airwaves they will have household names alongside school children, grandparents, bedroom musicians, poets, and music of all styles, from grime to opera to someone's Granddad playing the piano to someone singing in the bath, Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford are bound to be represented. Want to submit a piece for broadcast? Please email The Dark Outside team.