International stars and local talent perform at Streatham Festival 2008

International stars and local talent perform at Streatham Festival 2008

Southwest London’s most vibrant community arts festival is back for another exciting week of events. With internationally acclaimed artists performing alongside the best of local talent in an eclectic programme packed with music, comedy, drama, poetry, dance and more, there’s something to entertain everyone at this summer’s Streatham Festival, 5 – 13 July.

Now in its seventh year, the 2008 festival will open with a spectacular carnival procession to the top of Streatham Common, where there’ll be street theatre, children’s workshops and an afternoon of live music from Nigerian band Bukky Leo, the Eastern European-flavoured Mukka, and the South London Jazz Orchestra.

Hot from their European tour, Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba will be rocking St Leonard’s church with their unique African blues that won them Best African Artist and Best Album of the Year at this year’s BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music. The spellbinding Brazilian solo percussionist, Adriano Adewale, will also be supporting.

Other highlights from the week include: a unique screening of the silent comedy classic, Show People, with a live piano accompaniment at the British Home; a special concert by leading new wave Indo-Jazz act, the Arun Ghosh Quartet; the cream of stand-up comedy with Paul Tonkinson at the Waterfront; and Shakespeare’s All’s well that ends well at the Rookery.

There’ll also be performances from international pianist Jill Crossland, world-renowned baritone Howard Wong, and The Clare Hirst Band, plus appearances from best-selling novelist Beryl Kingston and poet Katrina Naomi.

Patricia Sauer, Chair of the Streatham Festival Association, says: “All the events take place at venues in and around SW16, and most of them are free and family-friendly. Early last century, this area was full of great places to enjoy theatre, music and comedy and was home to many world-famous performers. The Streatham Festival is helping to keep that spirit alive.”

Region: All
Venue: Various around SW16
Celebs Attending: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba,
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