The Whitecross Street Party was certinaly the place to be this weekend! A fun, lively couple of days when Whitecross Street, a little road just north of the Barbican Centre, shuts down, turns around and gets funky.
Street artists, entertainers, stall owners and street food vendors all play their part in the eclectic mix of the event with live music provided by a big stage. Kids taking part in street dance classes, hula hoop workshops and environmental workshops all add to the family atmosphere of the event.
Masterminded by Terry Baden, himself a street artist, the title ‘Rise of the Non-Conformists’ is a tribute to the characters from yesteryear who would have lived in the area. From the website Baden explains “Artists and mavericks used to hang out in this area of marshland- in gambling dens, whorehouses and drinking hovels away from the law. This is what spawned the idea for what is now the Whitecross Street Party and ‘Rise of the Non Conformists’. I would imagine these characters rising up from the earth to dazzle us with their creative offerings.”
It’s a great event with some great people and funnily enough I took some pictures.
I first visited on the Saturday morning and went back on Sunday evening. By then a lot of the ‘street art in action’ had been completed with some great works on show with the artists able to interact with an appreciative public.
For more information about the Whitecross Street party try the official website here.
for more information about the art exhibited at the Curious Duke Gallery try here.