This Saturday & Sunday will see the return of the Whitecross Street Party. As a resident of the street this is a time of year I always look forward to as the surrounding area comes even more alive with fresh urban and street art from some famous names and emerging stars. Founder Teddy Baden, came up with the idea for the WX Street party whilst living in an old school nearby, he used to jump the wall in the Bunhill Fields cemetery and spend time with the grave of William Blake. The area, just beyond the city walls, used to be a hive of hovels and the booming market of today was known as Squalor’s Market with the area being a byword for poverty and deprivation. Spawned out of this were drinking dens, gambling rings and whorehouses all operating outside of the law, this is what began 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” says Baden.
Today is a different story from the 19th century squalor with cafes, galleries, tailors and even a Waitrose on the street…! At just 20 months old, one of the street’s galleries, Curious Duke, is bringing their curiosities outside the gallery with live painting from Sam Peacock, collaborative team Hannah Adamaszek & Kritin Gaudio Endsley and Andrea Tyrimos (above photo). Andrea will be continuing her hidden brick series and if you tweet #brick you could be in with a chance of winning one of her signed prints, plus if you suggest a name for her piece and your creation gets chosen you will win a £50 voucher for the gallery! CDG artists Hannah Adamaszek and german street artist KEF! are also exhibiting in the Nonconformists street art exhibition which runs for the next 6 weeks so if you can’t come for the big event this weekend there is still lots of time to enjoy the delights of the WX Street party.
See you at the weekend for live art, food stalls, drumming & gardening workshops, kids activities, face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, live music and street theatre.