Now in its 8th year, Streetfest 2015 will be bigger than previous years and held at the historic Tobacco Docks in the East End of the city. Originally constructed in the early 19th century as a warehouse to store tobacco from the USA, the Docks have been redeveloped to host large-scale events, exhibitions, parties and conferences in an inspiring, post-industrial setting. This time the space will host this fusion of dance, art, sport, fashion and music: a dazzling display of what can be achieved when you merge immense creativity with incredible discipline.
For music, you’re spoiled for choice between artists such as Ego Ella Mae, Kai Jones, Hannah Faith, So Fresh, So Clean, DJ Kutma and so many more besides (plus a host of them still to be announced…). Opportunities also abound to uncover the next hot thing, with the Unsigned London Stage returning to give soundspace to tomorrow’s big thing – just some of those confirmed as playing include Orph Gang, Ruinz Ason and Kemi Aneke.
More than 50 internationally acclaimed graffiti and street artists will be on show at Streetfest, with live illustrations taking place for your chance to watch their flair in flow. Gent48, Zina, Tony Riff, TheRealDill, Jive and Lost Souls Crew are just a few of the confirmed names, with many more – established and not – joining in to help inspire the workshops that will be set up and running throughout the day.
Feeling twinkle-toed? Meet your matches with a roster of amazing dance performances and artists, with specific sets also dedicated to encouraging a range of participants, from women in hip-hop to a pan-European, cross-crew dance-off. The Parkour Dance and b.supreme dance companies will be throwing shapes on stage before enduring the day-to-night switch for an all-out dance party.
The bi-left-footed among you won’t be left lingering either: competitions, demos and workshops of skateboarding, BMX, unicycling and inline skating will keep your adrenaline levels up, plus you’ll get to watch maestros such as Kyle Forte, Chris Oliver and Dennis Lynn dare their best live on the Red Bull Stage.
It’s a lot of action, we know, but the Streetfest crew won’t have anyone going hungry or thirsty as street food traders will be on hand to keep your energy levels fuelled. There will be the latest boutique fashion brands to discover, tattoos for the bold and brave, or less permanent body decoration for the commitment-phobic in the form of a pop-up nail bar. A Treasure Hunt and dedicated kids’ Fanzine round off this year’s urban offerings at Streetfest, making it a place for everyone to try out everything all in one fantastic space on one roller coaster of a day.
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