Celebrate Tooting High Street: A new soundscape is coming to wake up the streets!
Event dates: Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24 2016
Sing and dance your way around Tooting High Street this July!
This July Tooting will be bursting with music, song and dancing as The Streets returns to the high street with a weekend full of performances, workshops and parades.
The Streets aims to reignite the full potential of the high street, aligning cultural activity with commercial priorities. By animating local streets, residents and visitors have the chance to see and take part in something new and exciting, using their communal space as its stage.
Acclaimed live music and event producer, Serious, has been working in partnership with Enable’s Arts Team and Tooting Town Centre to bring the high street to life with music focused programme including events and performances from established artists alongside community choirs, street performers and local musicians.
Here’s a flavour of what’s on in Tooting…
Saturday 23 July is Choir Clock with performances on the hour from 10am to 8pm across the high street. These include home grown talent, beatboxers Maverick + Malachi, The Great Gustos and World Heartbeat Music Academy, alongside acts like the House Gospel Choir, The Spinettes and London Vocal Project. Family singing workshops are at Tooting Library.
Sunday 24 July is Tooting’s Summer Street Party on Cowick Road from 12 to 4pm with Street Song stage performances brought by Serious and local food and drink, salsa rueda, hula hooping, magic and silly behaviour from street cones. Join in a mass sing with Blossom Street at 2.20pm
What is The Streets?
The Streets is an ambitious and dynamic programme which will bring high quality music and performance to high streets across seven outer-London boroughs in 2015 and 2016. Designed to showcase the local streetscape and unlock the potential of high streets, local residents, businesses and visitors will be encouraged to rediscover and reclaim their public space.
The Streets will:
- Animate your High Street
- Enrich Your Community with dynamic activity
- Enhance existing local offer
- Offer Opportunities to explore local heritage
- Celebrate & Explore local high streets
- Surprise Residents with unique and unexpected experiences!
Acclaimed live music and event producer Serious is working with a consortium of seven boroughs – Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Greenwich, Croydon, Wandsworth, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames – to tour an artistic programme of music and performance around London, using the communal space of the high street as its stage.
High streets have long been the epicentre of local communities; a space which is saturated in local heritage and should be harnessed as hubs of social, cultural and artistic identities. The Streets hopes to reignite the energy and identity of high streets, by coupling commercial priorities with cultural activity and staging dynamic, spectacular performances whilst stimulating local participation and discovery.
The Streets hopes to create valuable partnerships across broad sections of the communities in each area, connecting local authorities, businesses, residents and arts organisations for mutual benefit and to have a collective impact on their local high streets.
The project launched in July 2015, where Serious toured Australian percussionist Ben Walsh and his 8ft wheel of drums to a wide range of locations on the high streets, staging short, impactful events from rooftops and stations to shops and cafes.
Enable Leisure & Culture, delivering services on behalf of Wandsworth Council.
Enable Leisure & Culture is a company limited by guarantee, applying for charitable status and is partner to Wandsworth Council’s commitment to deliver first class leisure and culture services. As a Public Service Mutual, it is a form of social enterprise that manages and delivers the arts, bereavement services, parks, sports facilities, events, the film office, public halls and Putney School of Art and Design across Wandsworth on behalf of Wandsworth Council. For further information visit www.enablelc.org
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