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Whitecross Street Party returns!

Whitecross Street Party, an Islington local favourite, returns for its 14th year.

A poster for the street party

Whitecross Street Party, an Islington local favourite, returns for its 14th year in 2024 on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, from 12 – 6pm both days – as always, using street art and performance to bring people together.

This year, the Whitecross Street Party (WXSP) is bringing a new focus on the radical communities that have always called the area home. A few steps from the tech hub of Old Street and financial and legal centres of the City of London, the murals and market of Whitecross Street bring colour and creativity to the area year-round.

Held every July, WXSP has been a local and London favourite for 13 years, with 25 street artists painting live and a series of family-friendly activities, performance, and stalls taking over the street for two days. Now in its 14th year, WXSP has maintained its community, grass-roots spirit.

Street art on the side of a building
Street art at Whitecross street party

This year, the Street Party expands its scope with inclusive programming designed to make everyone feel like an insider. Over 15 local and national organisations will contribute drop-in workshops, performance and interactive activities for all ages across the weekend, against the unique backdrop of British and international street artists painting live.

An afternoon of free short films and workshops at the Barbican Cinema (located at the bottom of Whitecross Street) in partnership with leading homeless charities Accumulate, and Cardboard Citizens, will also include a panel featuring celebrated children’s author Malorie Blackman.

Host organisation YMCA London City and North, which supports homeless young people at LandAid House, will offer activities in their newly-opened youth hub. A multicultural parade from St Luke’s Community Centre opens the Street Party on Saturday. Islington youth charity Soapbox leads the Music Stage line-up spotlighting young local talent, also featuring special dance performances from Academy Breakin’ Convention and Sadler’s Wells.

A man on a stage in the sreet with a crowd
Paul Lyalls opening 2024 Words Stage. Photo: Kash Bashir

The Words Stage, curated by author and poet Paul Lyalls, will feature a spoken-word line-up with performances from Apples and SnakesBarbican Young Poets, world poetry slam champion Kat Francois, spoken word refugee collective All-Change, and award-winning MC and rapper Karl Nova.

Live street art continues to be a unique feature of the Street Party and over 25 artists will be painting. This year’s confirmed artists include 2024 poster artist Epod, string artist Perspicere (who has created two world-record size string portraits at WXSP). Wosk returns with his colourful illustrations and characters, plus Bristol-based traditionalist legend Vents137, Lucie Flynn and her impressionistic neons, and creator of favourite 2023 portrait, Shauna Blanchfield, returns.

A man on a raised platform painting a wall
Artist EPOD at work. Photo: Kash Bashir

Drop-in workshops will be held by puppetry favourites Little Angel Theatre and illustration experts Quentin Blake Illustration Centre.

The Barbican and London Play will be bringing the family zone to life with ball games, space hopper races, street chalks and more, while inviting residents to share games from their childhoods and diverse cultures.

An over 60s tea party from No-Frills Social Club proves you’re never too old to have fun. Prior Weston School will host children’s activities at the bottom of Whitecross Street, and will appear on the Words Stage and in other events. Together, they showcase the diversity and creativity of EC1.

Finally, independent, local traders will bring a revitalised street market with a range of handmade goods, art, including recycled gifts, handmade candles, and international food. We expect over 5,000 people to attend the two-day event both from our local streets and other communities across London, alongside local dignitaries and friends of the event – and the whole team hopes you’re one of them! 

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