Mayton Street Festival 2012
On Saturday the 2nd of June between 1 and 5.30pm you will find Mayton Street and the Old Fire Station (see map) filled with an amazing array of artists, activities and events. Dance to live music, design your own hat, drink tea and eat cake at our Jubilee tearoom or simply just come down and soak up the atmosphere at what promises to be the best free street party in North London this summer.
Mayton Street Festival is organised in partnership with Holloway Neighbourhood Group
Mayton Street Jubilee Tea Party
Take tea at the Jubilee Tearoom - a pop-up tearoom in Mayton Street. Join us to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style and meet some intriguing characters.
Sittings at 2pm and 4pm. £2.50 for tea or squash and cake. Click here to book your tickets
At 3pm Elizabeth's will be seated – Perhaps you know an Elizabeth or are called Elizabeth, if so get in touch
Cakes will be provided from the Right Royal Bake Off cake-baking contest taking place at 1pm. This years guest Judges are BBC MasterChef winner Julie Friend and Mayor Jilani Chowdhury. Winner will receive £50 in Waitrose vouchers. Click here for further details.
1.00 - 1.40pm Tiny Ruins
Tiny Ruins is the project of Bristol-born, New Zealand-raised musician and songwriter Hollie Fullbrook. It grew out of writing the music for fringe theatre productions whilst a student in Wellington, recording by four-track and playing at live music and poetry nights in 2007-2009.
Tiny Ruins’ live shows began to attract attention for soul-stirring, intimate performances and strange, hypnotic songs. Asked to support Alasdair Roberts in Sydney, May 2010, Tiny Ruins was then signed to Australia’s Spunk Records.
3.00 - 3.40pm Hackney Colliery Band
The Hackney Colliery Band is east London’s unique take on the brass band. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. Hackney Colliery Band’s setlist is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. Add the fact that the band stays true to its roots by bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century and you know that every gig’s sure to be unique.
4.00 - 4.40pm Trio Manouche
Manouche are a Gypsy Swing Jazz ensemble performing the works of Django Reinhardt, specially arranged popular swing classics of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and their own up-beat compositions, fused with elements of Electro Swing, Hip Hop and Surf Guitar. Comprised of some of the finest young musicians and vocalists in the UK, Manouche have played many of the UK’s most respected Jazz clubs and concert halls including 606 Club, Le QuecumBar and Royal Festival Hall.
4.50 - 5.30pm Perhaps Contraption
An astonishing 8 piece art pop, marching band. A roving lung & percussion-powered assault. Regurgitating swing, oompah & deeply danceable twisted brass; performances are infused with jubilant horns, massive choral vocals & Dada-fuelled theatricals. With a relentlessly pulsing, mutant pram-kit at the core, a surreal & subversive knees-up will undoubtedly commence...
1.55 – 2.05pm Zumba with Tina Baker
Tina Baker lost 3 stone and won ITV’s Celebrity Fit Club. She’s kept off the weight for 6 years, toning up from a size 16 to a size 10, & qualifying as a motivational fitness coach, teaching everything from Zumba to chair-based exercise. A regular on GMTV & the BBC, Tina writes for numerous magazines & is a regular radio contributor.
2.10 – 2.15pm Instantly Theatrical
A dance performance from Instantly Theatrical with local professional choreographer, Lorraine Smith, and volunteer performers. Including costumes made from recycled material by local arts groups. The theatrically comedic, high-energy dance piece will use 1950s music and a mix of styles!
This piece will also be performed at Big Day Out on Sunday 3 June.
2.20 – 2.30pm The Disco Dancers
The Funky Disco Dancers are an over 55s group from the Claremont Project in Angel. The glamorous group, which practices on Wednesdays from 11:45 – 12:45, have performed in various venues across the borough, including Islington Town Hall. They performed their version of ‘Thriller’ to great acclaim at the Mayton Street Festival last year. This year they have a couple of new surprises up their sleeve. Make sure you don’t miss them in action!
2.35 – 2.40pm RÆCE
RÆCE is the London-based dance partnership of Frances Lawrence and Rachael Foster. Collaborating through a shared love of Afro-Caribbean movement and its influential force throughout the history of dance, their performative passion is exciting dance fusion, creating a unique blended contemporary technique which showcases Afro-Caribbean aesthetics.
The piece 'Night Air sees RÆCE working with 3 other dancers, exploring the quiet, dark and hidden world of insects at night; adhering to their signature mode of expression.
2.40 - 3pm Lives touched by The Old Fire Station
A 20 minute theatrical sound bite, whistle stop trip devised and performed by The Holloway Neighbourhood Group. From the Blitz to Bubbles, a celebration of Mayton Street’s Old Fire Station and the lives it’s touched. Directed by Vodaphone World of Difference Winner, Sophie Wright.
2pm, 3pm, 4pm Circo Ridiculoso
Danny the idiot is an artist fabricating astonishing hilarious hats and wacky wearables. Danny will use inflationary measures to create celebratory balloon sculptures with a twist of wit and a puff of mayhem, leaving the place with a riot of colours and shapes. Danny won “Best Twister of 2011” and is internationally renowned for his unique balloon entertainment. Always busy at the Holloway Arts Festival so pop down early for an awesome piece of balloon art!
1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm Mr Pineapple Head
Mr Pineapple Head works in the style of silent clown, performing physical comedy and slapstick routines including moments of silence, music and raucous laughter.
He has a sublime connection with his young audience as well as having the universal appeal that pure clowning has to all ages and cultures.
This delightful and funny clown combines good old school childrens entertainment with modern visual comedy. Join Mr Pineapple in his wonderful world of play and silliness.
Holloway Life Website Launch
Come down to Mayton Street for the launch of Holloway Life – a brand new website for anyone with an interest in Holloway. Take this opportunity to browse through the short films, illustrations and photographs. We will be uploading live onto the website throughout the day so bring down a photograph or a story about Holloway and you can take part of this exciting project.
Wild Places workshop
The Wild Places project will be helping you bring more bees, butterflies and pollinating insects to your garden and neighbourhood. Paint a butterfly, sow a pot of bee friendly flowers, make a mini-beast home or make a beautiful willow sculpture.
Fantastic Feathered Flying Machines
At this drop in workshop, Artist Julie Beech will help toddlers aged 1-5 decorate their own fun and colourful glider or bird, using stickers, feathers, and of course…glitter, to sparkle in the summer sky.
Create musical instruments out of recycled materials
Children over 5 can create colourful, vibrant and unusual musical instruments with Artist Nicola Pomery. The workshop will involve recycled materials such as plastic bottles, tins, yoghurt pots, jewellery, seeds, metal, buttons etc combined with paper mache and paint. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations and make some noise!
Hat Making Workshop
Artist Hannah Brown will be running a hat workshop. Participants will be provided with card, paper and other recycled materials for hat designs.
To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, inspiration will be taken from the wonderful array of hats worn by the Royal Family over the past 60 years. Suitable for most ages, adults and children have a chance to work creatively together. Let your imagination run wild and make a couture hat fit for a Queen!
1 - 5pm Urban Craft Club workshop
Learn some hand sewing skills and make a simple decorative fabric work for the home with members of the Urban Craft Club. No skills necessary!
Click here to find out more about the Urban Craft Club.
2 - 4pm Firefighting
Come along and speak to the Green Watch from Holloway Fire Station who will be demonstrating live how a fire engine works and handing out brochures about fire safety in the community.
3 - 5pm Animating \Holloway
Animating Holloway is an exciting project to create a stop motion animation for the new Holloway Life website. The introductory session for this project will take place between 3-5pm at Mayton Street Festival.