London’s Whitecross Street Party
London has always been at the forefront of the street art scene, with big names like Banksy calling the city home. Its winding and hidden streets are conducive to this obscure form of art, giving these secretive artists the anonymity they desire. In its third year the annual Whitecross Street Party is a meeting place for the world’s best street artists. From July 21-22 Whitecross Street will be bursting with food, music, fresh art, and street art enthusiasts during this free block party.
This open-air gallery will boast live creations from big names like Shepard Fairey, Conor Harrington, Jo Peel, and countless more. Using this hip Islington street as a blank canvas, attendees will see street art in the making during this DIY weekend. Although the website doesn’t give away many details about the actual party, it does mention it is kid friendly, and encourages patrons of all ages to stop by Whitecross Street. It also hints at an invite-only after party, so hang around Fairey and friends for some insider fun.
Conor Harrington already painted his contribution to the party — a fantastic large-scale period piece that is distorted in his usual style. The Dublin native couldn’t be in London for the actual event but his mural more than compensates for his absence.
This unique festival emphasizes the idea of nonconformity, something that seems intrinsically linked with street art. These artists are renegades and this street party in London celebrates their courage to set out and create regardless of the rules and regulations. All of the art will be up through the 2012 Olympic Games, leaving plenty of time to marvel at Whitecross Street’s new look. For more information, visit the Whitecross Street Party website.