Celebrating your high street: The Streets is back!

The Streets is coming back to Tooting! This ambitious and dynamic programme will bring high quality music and performance once more to Tooting’s high streets as part of EFG London Jazz Festival. 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 packed Tooting two-day programme includes performances by incredible artists such as Brendan Reilly, best-known as the voice of Basement Jaxx and for his recent work with Disclosure; Natalie Williams, one of the UK’s most popular vocalists and host of the famous ‘Soul Family’ residency at Ronnie Scott’s; Arun Ghosh, critically-acclaimed clarinettist and composer; and more.

An exciting line-up of local, homegrown musical talent will also be sharing the spotlight, including jazz trio Fuzion and Ancestral Hands presents Afrobatical Jazz Quartet. The visual arts is represented by local artist Jeni Walker, who will be running drop-in art workshops at Route to Juice to create jazz-inspired figures to lead the Riot Jazz Parade winding through Tooting on Saturday. ‘Happiness Sessions’ will be adding to the community cheer at a pop-up in Tooting Market, where the TAP Arts Project will be inviting participants to inspire local acts of kindness by sharing their stories of gratitude to their community.

Acclaimed live music and event producer, Serious, is working with a consortium of boroughs – Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Greenwich, Croydon, Wandsworth, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames – to share and ignite arts and culture throughout London communities by using the communal space of the high street as its stage. The programme this autumn will be part of Festival on the Move in the EFG London Jazz Festival, bringing music to shopping centres, shops, cafés, pubs and libraries, aiming to engage and surprise residents with unexpected performances.

Paul McCue, Managing Director of Enable Leisure and Culture, said “The Streets presents an opportunity for Tooting – and Wandsworth – to celebrate. The range of performances is astounding and I know it’ll be a great opportunity for communities to come together and enjoy great music and art”

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