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6,000 celebrate ‘best ever’ Whitecross Street Party

PUBLISHED: 17:44 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 18 July 2017

A woman dressed in plastic bags entertains children and warns about global warming at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine Davison

A woman dressed in plastic bags entertains children and warns about global warming at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine Davison

Catherine Davison

Saturday’s eighth annual Whitecross Street Party was hailed as the “best ever”.

The Rags to Riches catwalk show addressing the 'crime of homelessness' theme at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine DavisonThe Rags to Riches catwalk show addressing the 'crime of homelessness' theme at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine Davison

About 6,000 people enjoyed the “infamous” arty street festival in the south of Islington.

Whitecross Street is well known for its independent shops and food market, and this is reflected by its “nonconformist” festival. Whitecross Street Party takes its inspiration from nearby Bunhill Fields: home to the graves of dissenters such as William Blake and Daniel Defoe.

Hosted by City YMCA, many of the pieces focused on homelessness. Chief executive Gillian Bowen said: “It was a pleasure to host the infamous Whitecross Street Party and bring a huge dose of community cheer.

“Seeing thousands of people of all races, ages, cultures and creeds out on the street together is what London is all about.

“In these challenging times City YMCA was delighted to offer some fun and frivolity while raising awareness of a topical issue, the crime of homelessness.”

Cllr Troy Gallagher, who represents Islington’s Bunhill ward, said: “This year’s Whitecross Street Party was the best ever with a huge array of performances to suit every age and taste.

“Visitors loved every minute of it and the carnival atmosphere was electric. We as councillors were delighted to support this local treasure.”

Tyler Davidson, 10; Jayla Ali, eight; Charlotte Davidson, eight; and Emily Lawson, six, watch Dat Brass play on the Whitecross Street Party main stage. Picture: Catherine DavisonTyler Davidson, 10; Jayla Ali, eight; Charlotte Davidson, eight; and Emily Lawson, six, watch Dat Brass play on the Whitecross Street Party main stage. Picture: Catherine Davison

Ningyi, five, with schoolfriend Milly Atkin, five, on the bouncy castle at Whitecross Street Party on Saturday. Picture: Catherine DavisonNingyi, five, with schoolfriend Milly Atkin, five, on the bouncy castle at Whitecross Street Party on Saturday. Picture: Catherine Davison

Dat Brass play the main stage at Whitecross Street Party on Saturday. Picture: Catherine DavisonDat Brass play the main stage at Whitecross Street Party on Saturday. Picture: Catherine Davison

Franklin McLauthlin, nine, with border terrier cross mini poodle Nugget, two, and Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran, at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine DavisonFranklin McLauthlin, nine, with border terrier cross mini poodle Nugget, two, and Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran, at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine Davison

L to R: Emili Smyth, three, grandma Joan Smyth, and mum Gemma Smyth, at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine DavisonL to R: Emili Smyth, three, grandma Joan Smyth, and mum Gemma Smyth, at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine Davison

Adaroa Oba, five, paints a rock at a craft stall at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine DavisonAdaroa Oba, five, paints a rock at a craft stall at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Catherine Davison

Street art at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Polly HancockStreet art at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Polly Hancock

Street artist Charlie McFarley with friend David Ryan, at Whitecross Street Party on 15th July, 2017.Street artist Charlie McFarley with friend David Ryan, at Whitecross Street Party on 15th July, 2017.

Two-year-old Weimaraner Otto enjoying the food market at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Polly HancockTwo-year-old Weimaraner Otto enjoying the food market at Whitecross Street Party. Picture: Polly Hancock


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