Hornsey Street Festival

Sun 1 June 2014
1.00 - 5.00pm
Hornsey Street, N7
Free (Please book for the Hunt and Darton Tea Parties - tickets here

A brand new street festival with a twist. Live Art duo Hunt and Darton hosted an interactive pop-up café. Everyone experienced the unexpected with Stop! Look! Listen! - a series of unusual performances from Stacy Makishi, Gillie Kleiman, Susannah Hewlett, Morven Mulgrew and Lucy Hutson. Other acts included Silversmith Dance Company, Party Like It’s 2012, and music from Global Local bands The Turbans, Sankoulekan and Animanz and the Holloway Carnival Band. Locals got creative with art workshops and joined in with Holloway’s own carnival parade at 3pm.

We were pleased to announce that J.P. Devlin from BBC Radio 4′s Saturday Live joined us to open the festival. Cllr Diarmaid Ward compered the day, which included appearances from Cllr Rakia Ismail, Mayor of Islington Barry Edwards, Islington Council Leader Richard Watts, Cllr Caroline Russell and Cllr Paul Smith. MP Jeremy Corbyn closed the days activities.

Hunt and Darton Pop-up Café
A fully functioning café that blends art with the everyday, Hunt & Darton Café was a social and artistic hub where spontaneity and performance met with great food and drink.
Popping up at Unit 6, The Studios for Hornsey Street Festival, Hunt & Darton Café were offering Afternoon Tea with a twist. Hunt & Darton in their iconic fruit or veggie attire encouraged playful participation and meaningful social encounters through their comic interaction, performances, and theme days. Declaring the day as Neighbours Day, everyone was introduced to eachother, took part in the much loved ‘Not Great British Bake Off’ or Hunt & Darton Sports Day, a free durational raffle and had the chance to buy a trifle to feed the whole cafe. Food on offer included Battenberg cake, sugar sandwiches and coco pops- and no! You were not too old to have coco pops! At Hunt & Darton Café they were proud to satisfy appetites in more ways than one. This wasn’t a café with art in it – this was  a café that was art, a place to belong and a place to play.
Hunt & Darton is a Live Art collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton.
‘A pop up establishment of disarming eccentricity’  Lyn Gardner, Guardian
Hunt & Darton are Associate Artists of Arts Admin and Cambridge Junction. Hunt & Darton Café is supported by Arts Council England.

Stop! Look! Listen! Live Art performances from Steakhouse Live
Locals experienced the unexpected and joined us for a series of unusual interactions on the streets of Holloway. Featuring performances from Stacy MakishiGillie KleimanSusannah HewlettMorven Mulgrew and Lucy Hutson amongst others. Responding to this year’s festival theme - ‘Meet the Neighbours’ - they were excited to bring a mix of programmed and specially commissioned work throughout the day. They gave you the chance to settle neighbourly disputes with a game of Cardboard Sumo, contact your local MP via the Holloway Democratic Dance Team and find out what happens when Stacy Makishi puts you on the front page!

Silversmith Dance Theatre performed ‘The Welcome Mat’
Instantly Theatrical presented ‘The Welcome Mat’, a lively physical performance exploring the importance of engaging with our neighbours and community in a world of high-speed living, working, commuting and online everything! Instantly Theatrical is a performance group creating fun, entertaining projects and performances for family friendly events, and is part of the community strand of Silversmith Dance Theatre.

London 2012 Performers presented Party Like It’s 2012
This collective of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremony Cast Volunteers presented a fun and upbeat tribute to the London 2012 Ceremonies. Featuring a selection of original costumes and music, with the occasional surprise, from volunteers who performed at the London 2012 Ceremonies.

‘Meet the Neighbours’ Holloway Carnival Parade with the Holloway Carnival Band 
The Holloway Carnival Band, featuring young musicians from the SOAS brass band played their lively carnival mix to accompany the parade. 


Estorick at Hornsey Street festival
The Education team from the Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Artto explored quotes from the ‘La Dolce Vita’ director Federico Fellini and learnt new Italian words to create their own recycled hats, badges and signs to wear on the festival parade. This workshop was inspired by their current show The Years of La Dolce Vita. For more information please visit www.estorickcollection.com

TRAID Jewellery Making Workshop
TRAID held a fun, creative workshop and taught others how to transform and upcycle unloved T-shirts into beautiful accessories that you could take home. TRAID is a charity working to wear poverty out. With 1 of 11 charity shops located on Holloway Road we provide opportunities for Islington residents to make more sustainable choices within the community as well as supporting global projects that look to improving worker’s conditions and reduce the environmental impact of our clothes. The TRAID Education team taught Islington residents how to get creative with textile waste. They looked at unwanted T-shirts as a resource and transforming them into beautiful accessories that you could take home.

Islington Family Learning art workshop: Pop Up Cards
Together they made unique pop-up cards using cut out paper and folds.


Hornsey Street Headdress Making
Residents made a carnival headdress and took part in the first Hornsey Street Carnival Parade all in one day! They joined artist Nessa Finnegan who showed them how to make their own Carnival Headdress and bring out their inner hatter!
Meet the Neighbours Balloon Twisting
Danny Schlesinger is an ‘airtist’ fabricating astonishing hilarious hats and wacky wearables in an entertaining fashion at events. Using inflationary measures Danny left the place with a riot of colours and shapes. Awarded International Twister of the year 2011 - Award for Excellence in the art of balloon twisting & innovative balloon entertainment.


Global Local bands 

The Turbans is an international musical collective travelling the world on a quest to discover and create great music, starting in Nepal in 2009 when classical violinist Darius Luke Thompson and guitarist Oshan Mahony played together for the first time in Kathmandu. They travelled by bicycle to India where they formed a band that has played music all the way through Pakistan, India, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Spain and the UK for the last three years.

Nahini Doumbia is one of West Africa’s most accomplished djembefolas. He formed his group Sankoulekan, which means ‘thunder’ in Bambara in 2010 bringing together the finest of West African percussionists from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Senegal with talented performers from the UK. A significant presence on the London music scene, Sankoulekan is constantly cultivating new ideas, sharing their love of African percussion with audiences everywhere. The band has delighted audiences at many prestigious venues including the South Bank Centre, Portobello Community Festival, the Eid Festival in Leicester Square, Notting Hill Carnival, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. They have led inspiring percussion workshops at Womad, Drum Camp and the Cedar Cultural Centre in Minneapolis. In March 2012, Sankoulekan made their cinematic debut in a Bollywood movie filmed in London, starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rikh Khan. Sankoulekan skilfully combines West-African modern sounds with traditional Mandinka rhythms to take you into a percussive upbeat journey into African music and culture. The band’s thunderous and fiery rhythms guaranteed to sweep the audience off their feet! It was African drumming and dancing at its best!

West London based funk band Animanz play a mix of Funk, Afrobeat & Latin. All originals, all fresh, all energy. High Powered raw 70′s sound as well as throwing in a modern twist. Everyone had their dancing shoes on.






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