Festival Brings Street Arts to Town Square

Submitted by: Staff Writer

Street17 will host a free arts festival for the second time this summer.

After a turnout of more than 2000 people last year, the festival will return to Walthamstow Town Square on Sunday 17th August from noon to 5pm hoping to build on that success.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFestival curator, Mike Bowles, said: “Thousands of people had a wonderful day enjoying hands-on art activities, performances and film in Walthamstow Town Square last year. We are planning an even bigger bash this summer, offering something for all ages, backgrounds and tastes.”

The event is aimed at young people and will feature contemporary artists and exciting performers, providing a family-friendly environment for making, experiencing and participating in visual arts, music, film, dance, drama and physical performances.

Chairman, Adam Taylor, said: “We hope to create a different type of community arts event and motivate people to do something themselves. It’s all about celebrating creativeness. Young people’s creativity should be showcased more and that’s what we are trying to do.”

There will be a centrepiece public sculpture. Other activities that will feature at the event include face painting, ceramics decorating, drumming, BMX and skateboarding displays, locally-produced archive and contemporary films on the Big Screen, art-in-progress demonstrations, workshops and popup galleries and stalls for arts and crafts. Refreshments from around the world will also be sold at the event.

Street17 aims to support local artists, involve diverse communities and celebrate Walthamstow as a centre of tolerance and cultural production.

Last summer local artists and performers including Youth and street dance groups X7eaven, Youth & Project 13 and KNI Foundation, showed their work and served up hands-on arts activities and displays.

Street17 is backed by a London Borough of Waltham Forest Arts Development grant and local sponsors including Churchill Estates and The Mall shopping centre.

Street17 takes place in Walthamstow Town Square 12noon to 5pm on 17th August. For more information – Facebook: Street 17 Art, Twitter: @Street17art, www.street17.co.uk.