Gillett Square, the East London creative hub, is hosting the tenth Streetfest: the UK’s premier urban culture festival, bursting with street art, dance, fashion, sport, food, and of course, music. 🎶 🍔
For ten years Streetfest has pulled together the newest and most iconic talents from London’s vibrant underground culture, and this weekend, there’s to be a huge party to celebrate one decade since its inception.
For one day only, people of all ages can enter the festival for free and see an impressive Selectors Assemble takeover of the main stage, with scene originators from the Plastic People club days and new talents taking to the decks.
Up-and-coming influencers will also be featured on the ‘On The Rise’ stage, which will see nine fantastic new acts handpicked by local music champions Music is Remedy.
Elsewhere, choose the street dance you want to see, as well as the S-K-A-T-E tourna-ment that’s running throughout the day! Make sure you catch the live work of Paint Freaks, who will be turning Gillett Square into a veritable museum of graffiti and murals.
The UK and European premiere of Japanese film maker Katsuya Nonaka’s skateboard and shakuhachi documentary Future is Primitive is set to screen at House Of Vans London on Friday 9th September’s edition of #SkateFryDays.
In Future is Primitive, Nonaka talks to leading skaters from all around the world, as well as Japanese and non-Japanese players of the traditional bamboo flute, the shakuhachi.
Although these are two seemingly very different activities, both are now encountering changing status and a rise in popularity. A new version of the shakuhachi is being manufactured which is easier to play alongside Western orchestral instruments and skateboarding has just been confirmed as being a recognised sport in 2020’s Tokyo Olympics.
Alongside the screening, Katsuya Nonaka will be participating in a Q&A with Daphne Greca from Brixton’s Baddest skate shop.
One of the best things about winter in London is ice skating and the Natural History Museum ice rink is one of our favourites. The ice rink is located next to the museum creating a picturesque backdrop. There’s a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the main ice rink and twinkling lights on the surrounding trees – perfect for selfies and Facebook pics.
Everyone is welcome including absolute beginners. Staff accompany and quickly help anyone that’s a bit wobbly or needs tips. Children also have their own area attached to the main 1,000 metre ice rink. Cute little penguins are available to hire for children that need extra support (not real penguins of course!).
The open-air Eyeskate rink is situated in Jubilee Gardens, in the shadow of the London Eye. You don’t need to book a flight on the Eye in order to skate but various packages are on offer for those who wish to do so. Sessions last 45 minutes. Under-8s must be accompanied on the ice by an adult.
The StreetFest ethos is uniting the artists and their work, with the spectators and voyeurs who take pleasure from it.
Back at Hearn Street car park for the Bank Holiday once again StreetFest will bring together an array of creative performers, from singers to skaters, painters to poets, rappers to riders and everything in-between. The acts will be joining forces to create a gigantic event for everyone to enjoy, with live demonstrations, screenings and shows throughout the day and night.
Watch the promo video below to see how it went down last year.
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