I’ve been up to my eyeballs in books and notes this week finishing an essay. Now it’s submitted I feel like I’m back in the land of the living…but not for long because it’s almost time to get our zombie on kids!I have a soft spot for zombie themed happenings – World Zombie Day in October 2009 was one of the first big costumed events I went to when I moved to London and I never looked back. I’ve been along every year since and been part of the lovely team of organisers for the last two! Through this Emma and I have been lucky enough to be walkaround zombies for the Alice Cooper Halloween shows in London for the last few years too! You can read all about it on Emmas Gohemian Travellers post here. The 2013 World Zombie Day London is happening on 12th October this year, I’ll be keeping you up to date with any plans so keep an eye out…In the meantime, there are two fun-filled zombie events coming up really soon.
The first is a Zombie Parade for the London Sci-Fi Festival, on Sunday the 28th April. Its free to join in, just show up at the Stratford Picturehouse at 2pm in your zombie finery (or un-finery is perhaps more fitting!). You’ll take part in a circular parade route and end up back at the cinema for an after party at the next door Stratford Circus. Sadly I can’t make this day, but I know some of the lovely peeps involved and can assure you that you’ll have a grand day out! I would love to hear all about it if you go along!Zombie Rockin’ Today –a kid-friendly daytime schedule packed full of zombie goodness including zombie apocalypse survival training, a haunted house, face painting, a graveyard photo booth and a tea eulogy room with ‘severed finger foods’ and brain cupcakes, as well as eclectic market stalls.
Zombie Rockin’ Tonight – for ages 18+ of the undead community, the evening will feature a screening of the classic Night of the Living Dead with a comedy soundtrack by RiffTrax and comedy, magic and burlesque acts with master of ceremonies Andrew O’Neil. Psychobilly band The Marksmen and DJ Kitty Minx will have the zombie horde shuffling until the wee small hours.
The theme is zombie rockabilly, expect to see some 1950’s pinups back from the grave and maybe a living dead Elvis or two!The festival is sponsored by ‘Film London through National Lottery Funding on behalf of the BFI’. The Woolwich Grand Theatre is a non-profit organisation and proceeds from this event will go back into providing new and exciting future programming, so a worthwhile cause!
If you’ve never dressed up zombie style before here are some pictures from past zombie events to inspire you, most of the makeup Emma and I used in these pictures is achieved simply with everyday makeup or some simple liquid latex effects. I will write a post soon about how it’s done, so if you have any questions In other zombie news, Emma, Megan and I are soon going to help out our pal from Zombie Bank Death Squad with his new music video, good times! Heres a video he shot at World Zombie Day 2011, see if you can spot us