Streatham Common
Streatham, England SW16

We're making a big 'splash' with the opening event of the 2009 Festival. This year's theme is water; one reason why Streatham became so popular many years ago. There'll be live music and entertainers, dancing, storytelling, interactive workshops, arts and craft stalls and even real ducks! Something for everyone and all completely FREE! Highlights include:

EXPO: Streatham’s first ever Expo - lots of organisations and services working in the area will be showing off their wares. Plus, meet your local councillors and put your questions to them. We’re also keen to hear what you’ve got to say about Streatham so ‘Head for the Shed’ and get your views aired on film!

MAIN STAGE: professional and community artists explode onto the main stage. Kasai Masai add a contemporary twist to the traditional sound of remote equatorial African villages, Kingsize 5 jazz things up with their swinging vibes, plus rock from local favourites The Effras. Lambeth Music Service showcase the latest young talent and there’s street dance from Jerome Barnes, belly dancing from Aurora and a special performance by 8 year old Kyle Cole winner of the Odeon Streatham’s Hannah Montana competition. Kyle (along with 3 dancers) will be performing a rendition of SMOOTH CRIMINAL by Michael Jackson.

WORLD CLASS ACROBATICS: Prepare to be spellbound and speechless with Tanzanian acrobats, the Black Eagles and watch out for the Parade of the Giant River Beasts weaving its way amongst the crowds.

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE: stories for the young and old, interactive drumming and dance workshops, clay modelling, face painting and meet the amazing Professor H2Oh and his fantastical array of musical instruments made from plumbing equipment. Sponsored by Potter Perrin, you can design your very own bog horn or bath harp and you could win a unique plumbing instrument of your own.

THE BIG KNIT join in on site and make our knitted stream grow longer - or bring along a blue knitted square that you've prepared earlier; learn how to make paper flowers in the magic grotto or see stunning handicrafts in the House of Beads, made by our local Somali women.

STALLS: browse and buy something to munch, get your cycle checked out at Dr Bike's tent or learn about local history on a mini walk with the Streatham Society. Make a beeline for our stand selling Belu's compostable water bottles and help us raise funds for WaterAid.

COOL DOWN IN THE POOL: there’s so much to do - so after all the excitement, if you need to cool down, try a quick dip in the paddling pool.

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Added by mellymango on May 30, 2009

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