StreetFest returns to Hackney to celebrate and provide a unique platform for counterculture creatives

This September, StreetFest landed in East London once again to blow the roof at the Oval Space in Hackney Wick, celebrating 11 years as the cornerstone of London’s urban arts scene with live immersive visual art, urban music and street dance.

StreetFest BBoy Dance Battles ©️ Brawmedia

A pioneer in the urban arts scene, StreetFest has indisputably retained its crown as the capital’s leading platform for counterculture creatives. On one of the hottest days of the month, it showcased an incredible array of the UK’s premier street dancers and hottest underground street dance crews, live street artists, DJs, spoken word performers, fashion traders and street food vendors, across the expansive roof top venue and outdoor terraces.

During an epic eight hours, an immersive multi-media event was created, seeing B-boys and B-girls gather from all four corners of London and the South East to take part in a series of unforgettable, jaw-dropping battles.

StreetFest Graffiti Workshops ©️ Brawmedia

Bboy Kharnage, DJ DBO, Bboy Pervez,
Bboy Razzle Roc SF19 578 ©️ Gatta

Alongside the incredible on-stage performances, families with children enjoyed manga drawing workshops by Art House Project and hand-sprayed graffiti workshops by Re-worked Vintage, as well as the opportunity for aspiring street dancers to take part and freestyle throughout the multi-purpose arts space.

This year, the focus was on showcasing more female talent, with more female artists gracing the stage than ever before. The ground-breaking festival was curated in part by b.supreme, the award winning organisation dedicated to empowering women in Hip hop, who have been in partnership with StreetFest for the past seven years. 

StreetFest Speakers Corner ©️ Louder Than Words

Elsewhere across the venue’s roof terraces, PaintFreaks curated a gallery of stunning live art and graf pieces, which emerged and evolved throughout the day, from internationally celebrated street artists, illustrators and designers Nathan Bowen, Artista, Andy Seize and Demograffix. Meanwhile, Music is Remedy, in collaboration with world famous, award winning US publishers Trope, hosted a Speakers Corner for poets and spoken word artists, who had been shortlisted to tell a London tale and have their musings published in the Trope’s Spring 2020 edition.

Street Fest founder Bayo Alaba said: “StreetFest London took it to the next level this year and it was a huge honour to see such a gathering of artists and creatives, especially with the focus we gave to female talent.”

Emerging out of East London in 2008, the StreetFest concept and ethos have, uniquely, been about a community of counterculture creatives, celebrating DJing, MCing, graffiti, B-boying, as well as skateboarding, parkour, body art, BMX and more. Seeing the creative spark that collectives, such as Kingdom, Lovenskate, Secret Wars and VnA Magazine, generated in their events inspired Streetfest founder Bayo Alaba to bring these dynamic forces together into one event to see what could be created. StreetFest was born and has been growing and innovating with every passing year into a truly immersive, interactive live arts festival. 

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