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The Midsummer Street Party is this Summer Festival’s fantastic final day. Programme Manager, Ellie tells us more about what’s in store!
Although there will be plenty of bunting, this won’t be your typical street party. With it falling on the midsummer weekend, we thought we’d take this as a starting point and bring together the community to celebrate Spitalfields using music and dance as a focal point. What could be more midsummer than gathering everyone up at the end of the day for a good old dance around the maypole?
There’ll be lots going on throughout the day, with exhibitions and workshops from various local organisations including Crisis and Stitches in Time, musical storytelling for youngsters in the beautiful yurt, New Esperance Morris Dancers getting you moving, animals from the Spitalfields City Farm, a special selection of market stalls organised by the Spitalfields Community Group… the list goes on.
“this won’t be your typical street party”
Don’t miss the Spitalfields Speaks hut where you can pick up an mp3 and explore the area through the ears of someone who lives here, and with the help of sound artist Duncan Chapman and the Toynbee Hall Inspire group, you can even contribute your own story or favourite memory of the area and see it included in a live performance at the Water Poet’s Underground Cinema.
Throughout the afternoon there will also be a treasure hunt of mini music and dance performances – Hidden Gems – to seek out. Over the past few months composers from the Royal Academy of Music have been working with choreographers from East London Dance to create site specific dance and music pieces, responding to specially selected locations across Spitalfields. Pick up a map and be inspired to look at your surroundings in a different light!
Programme Manager: Festivals
You can help make this extraordinary day happen by supporting with a small donation. Head over to justgiving.com/midsummer to find out more.
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This Summer we’re taking to the streets to bring you a musical extravaganza that will fill Spitalfields with sound!
On Saturday 23 June, we’ll be hosting our Midsummer Street Party on Brushfield Street and all around the area. In particular, we’ll also be bringing you three fantastic activities for everyone to enjoy: music & dance collaborations hidden around the area; a storytelling yurt for our youngest audiences members; and a folksy-urban dance for everyone updating the traditional maypole.
Find out more from the people involved in our video:
But, we need your help to make this all happen. From now until the end of the month we’re asking you to donate online through Just Giving from as little as £5.00 to help bring Spitalfields to life for an unforgettable day of outdoor fun! (We’ve also put together some treats for you to say thank you for your support!)
See www.justgiving.com/midsummer for more information and how you can donate.