Students from Croydon’s renowned BRIT School will be performing on the streets of the borough this summer as part of Street Live, a four-month-long initiative to attract more people to the town centre.
Last Sunday saw the start of Street Live with performances of live music, dance and theatre. The events are part of an initiative which started last April by the Croydon Business Improvement District to attract more people to the town.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID, said: “Croydon’s summer programme is literally packed full of events and activities for everyone, whatever your age, to enjoy. Street Live brings together a host of talent across three months, attacking the senses, inspiring the mind and bringing people together. It’s time for a staycation – keep it Croydon.”
The BRIT School has partnered with Croydon Council and Croydon BID throughout June and July, which will see students from the world-famous performing arts school performing a variety of shows including flashmobs, music, theatre, dance and acting around Croydon town centre.
Ray Oudkerk, Assistant Principal for Performing Arts at The BRIT School, told Eastlondonlines: “The BRIT School has partnered with Croydon as part as a cultural incentive to enable the community in Croydon to see different art forms in different pop up settings.”
“We are doing a series of 10 over this year. The performances coming up this Saturday will be on the high street in the pedestrianised area. There will be music students performing original work, dance students giving taster sessions on commercial dance, and bitesize taster workshops.”
“It’s a brilliant scheme that I am really happy with. By taking it in to the town centre, we get a fantastic cross section of all age groups and different demographics able to experience music, dance and theatre in a way they wouldn’t usually be able to. The accessibility it gives to all sections of the community is great.”
Some of the performances offered by the students from BRIT School have been developed exclusively for Street Live and are all free.
Councillor Oliver Lewis, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The BRIT School is a fantastic asset to Croydon and we are delighted to welcome their students back to the town centre. Through this exciting summer programme of entertainment, we are creating opportunities for aspiring young artists, giving them a platform while bringing our public spaces to life. Don’t miss this chance to see them in action – you could be watching the stars of tomorrow.”
Other highlights of Street Live include The Bridge+ by Scanner’s Inc, a social dance party with hip hop music for everyone to enjoy on the high street, a live streaming of Wimbledon on the big screen will be aired from July 1, and the High Street will be transformed in to a beach with over 15 tonnes of sand being used.
For more details about all the activities and performances, visit Street Live.