Whitecross Street Party promises extravaganza of art and performance at weekend

14:40 18 July 2012

Bin Bot, made from 33 pink wheelie bins, will be on show at the event.

Bin Bot, made from 33 pink wheelie bins, will be on show at the event.

Archant

This weekend normality will slip away from a historic street in Islington to make way for a colourful flurry of artistic invention.

The two-day Whitecross Street Party will return for its third annual instalment on Saturday to transform the north London street scene into a living, breathing canvas.

Work from over 50 artists has been commissioned to line the street over the weekend, where it will stay throughout the Olympic period until September 9.

The weekend extravaganza marks the launch of Rise of the Nonconformists, the name given to the summer-long exhibition of street art by event co-founder and curator Teddy Baden.

Elaborating on his concept of bohemian celebration, Teddy said: “In the past this was a famous nonconformist area which was outside the city walls, where dissidents and nonconformists hung out.

“People have said it’s a Mecca for street artists, it is a little hidden gem in between trendy Shoreditch and the City.”

Besides the street art which will line the road, visitors this weekend will be able to enjoy a range of creations from sculptures on rooftops to inflatable art and kinetic sculpture.

There will also be up to 20 artists painting live on the street over the two days, as well as theatre, dance and music performances.

Organisers have also managed to secure the attendance of crowd-drawing attractions such as Paka, a full-size, robotic fire-breathing horse and Bin Bot, an imposing robot consisting of 33 pink wheelie bins.

Whitecross Street Market, the daily heartbeat of the road, will be running throughout the weekend on a grander scale than ever, with foods from around the world and arts and craft stalls.

Art enthusiasts will be excited to learn that original work from acclaimed American artist Shepard Fairey, famed for designing the iconic Barack Obama Hope poster during the 2008 US presidential election, will be on show, as well pieces from Teddy, a respected street artist himself.

He said: “The street was a little bit dilapidated and the council wanted to bring this street back to its former glory, it’s London’s oldest market street.

“This year there is going to be a lot more to see and a lot more to do.”

To find out more about the Whitecross Street Party, go to www.wxstreetparty.co.uk.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 14:16
The twins, who spend most of their day latched onto dad, have been named Winnie and Piglet by zookeepers ahead of this weekend’s Winnie the bear celebration at the Little Creatures family festival.

These two new arrivals, born just in time for a weekend celebrating the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh, have been given some very apt names.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14
Police were called to the house of Sam Taylor Wood, seen here with husband Aaron Taylor Johnson at the European premiere of 'Godzilla' in Leicester Square in May, after the machine gun was spotted through a window  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Sam Taylor-Johnson got a visit from the firearms squad last night after a spotter-by noticed a machine gun in her house and called the police.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:01
Firearms officers arrested the suspect

Members of the public helped to thwart an attempted armed robbery in Whitechapel yesterday.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more