Over eight years the annual Whitecross Street Party has has been providing London with that rare cocktail which can only be made with interactive community spirits, mixed with a heavy splash of urban art and a large dash of the unexpected. Not to forget a very large self-deprecating cherry on top! It’s a brilliant family-friendly event for both the avid art lover and those that like something a bit different.
After taking on the hosting of the event last summer, City YMCA London have led a consultation across the local Whitecross Street community to identify what they want from the party in order to set out a new vision for the event. A copy of the report for those interested to read it.
In summer the party should continue but should be led by local people for local people as a free, fun and inclusive family orientated event. Noise levels should decrease and the programme orientated around showcasing the talents and giving opportunity to local community groups.
For 2018 a Steering Group has been pulled together who will take the responsibility for planning and delivering the event.
The 2018 is planned for Sunday 15th July 2018 plus a community set up day on the previous Saturday. The event will present a series of decorated rooms along the street presenting:
- Street Art Room
- Community Art Room
- Music Room
- Childrens Room
- Spoken Word Room
- Community Performance Stage
- Tea Party
- Pottery Room
- Virtual Reality Room
Each room will be hosted by a local community group. The Rooms will be supplemented with a Street Market including ways to create crafts and consume food.
City YMCA London is a Registered Charity No 1053864