Chats Palace early programme evolved around two large scale community productions. The first one was the Hackney Marsh Fun Festival that took place in the summer on Daubeney fields. The two-day event became a protype of a community festival that started in 1974 and in many ways was a key reason why Chats Palace itself came into existence through the need for a permanent base for the year-round festival programme. Here is a little 1977 montage from an extensive festival footage.

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