The ‘Whitecross Street Party’ and its larger than life street art exhibition ‘The Rise of the Nonconformists’ started back in 2010 when a small team of disorganisers took inspiration from the local dissenter’s graveyard. This hallowed ground where William Blake’s spirit was laid to rest provides the perfect setting for the event which encourages peaceful non-conformists to rise once again.


The lively street art party and two month exhibition is hosted by City YMCA London and curated by artist Teddy Baden working with Creative Producer Anila Ladwa. The annual event is supported by the London Borough of Islington, and is one of London’s most unique street art experiences. Please see our ‘PARTNERS’ page for a list of this year’s supporters.


It’s 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.


If you have the desire, come dressed even more silly or weirdly as you do usually and don’t forget - ‘be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind’.

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