The Arts Area

Strawberry Fair Arts Area

Eastern Bloco entrance

Eastern Bloco emerged out of the old arts area in 2013. We wanted to keep a section of the Fair specifically for visual and performance artists. Here visitors join in the creativity started by Rebel Arts and curated by alternative artists. Five years later some of the artists have moved into their tents, making art that is amazing, inspiring, and always challenging. Free Tale and Free Shop offer an alternative shopping experience, Wild Strawberries poets and wordsmiths are slamming and jamming on their festival stage, the Geodesic Dome is a creative space where anything can happen and……the rest is up to you.

Eastern Bloco is a loose affiliation of artistic activists and creatives highlighting and raising awareness of political issues surrounding us through a wide range of mediums. We invite you to celebrate ordinary and spectacular people with us, join us for a rhapsodic, magniloquent, purple, political experience with plenty of unexpected moments.

Strawberry Fair - Eastern Bloco Arts Area 2019

Strawberry Fair 2019 in the Eastern Bloco Area was a beautiful sunny Saturday of arts and events, all based around this year's theme of LOVE.

Programme Information - What Happened....

  • In and around The Geodisic dome; arty workshops, discussions and chill out space;

  • Free Shop & Freetale; Challenge capitalism and get your next outfit for free;

  • Cambridge Community Circus; will be swinging, twirling and balancing. Come and be amazed;

  • Wild Strawberries Festival Stage; spoken word, Open Mic with special guests, Strawberry Slam in assoc with Hammer & Tongue and Strawberry Jam to finish;

  • Mrs Fubbs Parlour; Celebrate the body & all its bits; A salubrious installation by Helen Judge, Jane Hellings and Cathy Dunbar;

  • Pete Treglown; Multimedia Artist with Listening Post;

  • Oblique Arts; ‘Wall of Faces’ Interactive sculpture;

  • Cambridge Community Art; photography exhibition;

  • Haddenham Art Centre; Interactive giant collective Jigsaw;

  • Archaeology & Anthropology Museum; interactive sculpture and information, ‘A Message to our Oceans';

  • Kettles Yard - 'Pearls of Positivity', making and discussions.

  • Arts Area Cafe; refreshing drinks and scrumptious cakes (donations appreciated), run by Cambridge Art Salon and Greenpeace

  • Orbit in London, Guest Urban Artist, mushroom based spray-painting demonstration throughout the day;

  • The Doors; find your way into the next dimension;

  • The Cat Basket, Chill space for gentle discussion & late afternoon jamming

  • And in our beautiful 25 foot Geodesic Dome performances by SIN-CRU - about mental health; Steven Carne - comedy about activism around anti-privatisation of the NHS; Junk Modelling with Cambridge Greenpeace and other things to be announced.

A Trio of Local Environmental Campaigning Groups were there too: 

  • Cambridge Friends of the Earth: challenging environmentally damaging activities and policies and promoting sustainable alternatives since 1974;

  • Cambridge Greenpeace - Freestyle junk modelling workshop, meet the Superheroes who will be helping you find your inner environmental superhero; 

  • Cambridge Extinction Rebellion; find out what it is all about, making Bee-Bombs (seed clusters to enrich local verges etc) and bring your clothes to be stenciled with the XR logo;



The place to change your wardrobe and re-invent yourself for FREE! It first emerged in 2009 as an antidote to the dominant notion that only clothing which is new is worthwhile and that secondhand outfits are always second rate. With the fashion industry’s insistent and relentless idea  that beauty is more important than personality, deciding to choose a new shirt or dress from our collection is an act of revolution. Don’t listen to these lies about what everyone WILL be wearing and when. Find something you might not have considered wearing before, re-think your style or make up a new one. Check out our fabulous washing lines and let your creativity flow.


An alternative to the constricting idea that a person’s value is based on their monetary worth and the possessions they can amass. With the world’s resources under increasing pressure those which we still have need to be used wisely. There is not enough for everybody’s greed. There is enough for everybody’s need and that’s our basic ethos here. If you would like something in our shop please do take it. We have books, art, bric-a-brac, useful and decorative objects and miscellaneous wonders none of which can be bought and all of which are available for those who want them. Donate things and take away them away.

Pictures From 2019

And From 2018....

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Web page:  Eastern Bloco Arts Area
Facebook: Eastern Bloco
Instagram: @easternbloco
Twitter: @StrawArtsArea

PO Box 1261, Cambridge, CB1 0YJ