Dance, Drawing and #LivingLines17 

WHAT? A day of creativity combining dance and drawing inspired by Origami: An incredible dance performance which unites a monumental shipping container and a gravity-defying dancer as part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2017.

WHERE? TRINITY BUOY WHARF | Orchard Place , London, E14 0JW 

WHEN?  Sunday 15 October | FREE, All Welcome | Some drawing materials supplied or bring your own!

ORIGAMI takes place at 4 other inspiring London venues throughout October - take a look here.

Draw Origami  as it unfolds...

This Big Draw Festival #LivingLines17 is all about getting you and your marks moving! So, we’re proud to be partnering with Dance Umbrella Festival 2017 and our theatrical inky friends, A Line Art, to bring you a free jaw-dropping day of drawing and dance > what is created on the day in response to 'Origami' is down to you!

The Dockland’s most exciting arts quarter and the home of The Big Draw HQ: Trinity Buoy Wharf will form the inspirational backdrop of the days free events.

Read on for what's happening and how to get involved:



Part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2017

Sun 15 October | Performance times: 1:30 pm & 6:30 pm | FREE, All welcome

Photo © Karine de Barbarin | Click image for Origami trailer

Origami sees the unlikely pairing of a monumental shipping container and a gravity-defying dancer. Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding, this 40 minute, free performance is a breath-holding spectacle where the container gently unfurls, creating a geometric performance space where dancer Satchie Noro dangles from its sharp corners and glides on its vertiginous edges.

The container is in continuous movement, oblivious to the mesmerising duet that it is part of.Created by Paris-based Satchie Noro and Silvain Ohl and with music by Fred CostaOrigami is an outdoor event, suitable for everyone. 

Be inspired by this astonishing heavy-metal transformation of our cityscape with complimentary drawing materials to inspire your #OrigamiChallenge creations!

See more on the #OrigamiChallenge below.


Sun 15 October | Workshop times: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Drop in | FREE, All ages and abilities welcome

Inspired by the Dance Umbrella 2017 festival show Origami and The Big Draw’s 2017 Festival: Living Lines: Fold Your City is a free interactive workshop for all ages that encourages families to get creative together.

Following the success of Ready Steady Colour and Ready Steady GO, A Line Art will be joining forces with The Big Draw Festival, Dance Umbrella and most importantly, you, to create a large origami model city inspired by the ever evolving skyline that surrounds Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Simply turn up, create your own large origami shaped house, boat or car. Draw, colour and decorate your shape and be part of this evolving drawn installation inspired by the unique Trinity Buoy Wharf backdrop and the incredible ‘Origami’ performance.


In partnership with Dance Umbrella, we invite you to join The Origami Challenge. Bring your own art materials (or use some of The Big Draw's at Trinity Buoy Wharf) to any of the Origami performances and draw the show as it unfolds. 

Step one: Come along to any one of the ten Origami shows.

Step two: Draw, paint or model the performance as it unfolds.

Step three: Write your name and age clearly on your artwork, take a photo and upload on the #Origami challenge page from Oct 11.

Please also tweet your art work to: @The_Big_Draw and @DanceUmbrellaUK, including the hashtags: #OrigamiChallenge, #DUFest17, #LivingLines17 so we can share them far and wide!

Step four: Four art work submissions will be chosen as Origami Challenge winners every day and published here on thebigdraw.org for the duration of October.

The Origami Challenge will launch on Wednesday 11 October. 



Join the world's biggest drawing festival in 2017!

Inspired by this event? Why not get involved and organise your own!

Festival organisers are eligible to win awards of up to £750, have access to a host of digital and printed resources, and most importantly join a worldwide community of drawing enthusiasts!