Monday, 22 June 2015

Southwark community event Mint Street Music Festival returns for a second year!

Mark your calendars for the second annual Mint Street Music Festival on Saturday, 18 July 2015! Back bigger and better after last summer’s fantastic launch, Mint Street Music Festival is bringing an eclectic mix of sounds to an audience of all ages at Mint Street Park, SE1 at Marshalsea and Southwark Bridge Road (nearest tube: Borough; buses 344, 381, RV1, C10). The festival is free, kicking off at 12 noon and finishing at 7pm. The event aims to promote the enjoyment and making of music within the community, showcasing new and existing talent.
Featuring performances showcasing a variety of genres, from Afrobeat to Latin to rock‘n’roll, there will be plenty to discover. Confirmed acts include Pink Cigar, The Curious Incident, Johnny Freyre & Kalima Project, We Used to Make Things and Double Bangz, with more to be announced.
With two further stages offering performances from dance troupes and local community groups as well as workshops and children’s activities, it will be an event to get involved with too. Local arts and crafts shop Re-creation will be on hand with sessions for you to get crafty with and even the littlest ones can get involved with classes from Diddi Dance and Sing’n’Sign. Join in the parade and make some noise with brass marching band Les Zoings.
Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy, grab a bite to eat at one of many food stalls or take a break at the tea tent hosted by Blackfriars Settlement. Bring your purse and peruse the jumble sale and stalls from local shops and crafters. Of course, no festival would be complete without a bouncy castle for the kids! And you can take a break from all the action just across the road as the Borough Welsh Chapel will open their doors to welcome visitors for a visit.
Mint Street Music Festival is a volunteer organised local initiative. The event was created last year as part of the Our Big Gig, an annual event that brings communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making. This year’s festival has received funding from Southwark Council’s Neighbourhood Fund, the Peabody Community Fund and Our Big Gig. Mint Street Music Festival is pleased to be joining hundreds of organisations nationwide as a BBC Arts Get Creative event. Get Creative aims to boost creativity in the UK, as well as celebrating the millions of people already doing something artistic and creative every day.

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