Streatham UnCommon - Support free arts events for all the family.

by Streatham Festival

About the project


Tipping Point £1,500
Streatham UnCommon – Not the Same Street by Same Sky £3,000
UnCommon – Pop Up Painters Gallery £4,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Local communities need to celebrate and come together and Streatham Festival is the biggest free event in the area. We all need ways to enjoy the arts and get involved in activities – these things make our communities stronger. The festival provides a platform for local artists to be seen alongside national artists, and this attracts visitors and spending to the area. These factors all contribute to make Streatham a better place for everyone to live, work and enjoy.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
We surveyed 200 people at the festival last year: 32% were visiting from outside the Streatham area and came specifically to see the festival. 78% said ‘more than before, I think the area is a good place for arts and culture’. 93% said they were more likely to attend similar events in future. 95% said ‘more than before, I think there is a strong sense of community in the area’. 82% spent up to £20 on food & drink 18% spent between £20 and £50 per day
What is your solution?
We make sure that as many people as possible are invited to participate in the festival – from artists to poets, businesses to families and many more. We focus on the best local talent and shout loudly about all the things that are great about Streatham. We ensure there is always a big, free outdoor event with something to enjoy for the whole family, welcome to Streatham UnCommon!.
How will you deliver this?
The 2014 festival theme is ‘Street of My Imagination’. To celebrate this we will create a series of fantastical ‘streets’ on the common. Expect to see Musical Avenue, Eat Street with food from round the world, meet local organisations on ‘Community Street’ and ride the land train up and down the hill. Now we need your help to bring some great art to the event... Enter into the Imaginarium and explore the hidden stories of Alice in Wonderland’s unsung heroes. Shrink to the eye-view of a hedgehog about to become a croquet ball and a dormouse stirring up a storm in a teapot. Sit on astro-turf chairs in a floating Mad Hatter’s tea party, a chess board with plants as chess pieces, hanging birdcages with imprisoned roses, a croquet table with giant flowers and a beach captured within a suitcase. Can you help us make ‘Not the Same Street’? Free workshops will allow you to try your hand at creating the street of YOUR imagination and add it to a giant installation. Will it be a futuristic house or a street lined with candy floss trees? Visit our Pop Up Gallery featuring new work by 5 up and coming artists from The Old Gasworks. See a variety of painting styles from Emily Pennock, Sarah Lewis, Antonia Barclay and Dawn Reader.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Tweet our campaign and support the arts at Streatham UnCommon
  • A few hours
    Come and help us at Streatham UnCommon – we need volunteers to help us set up the event, man the information tent and take donations.
  • Regular time commitment
    Consider joining our management team – do you have skills or experience that could help us to plan the festival? Get in touch with a CV and find out how you could get involved.

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Streatham Festival Association delivers a high-quality and accessible arts festival that delights, surprises, entertains and welcomes its diverse audiences. The festival celebrates local talent, presents a mix of emerging and well-established artists and encourages imaginative use of different venues across Streatham that characterise the area. We support a diverse mix of arts genres, provide opportunities to learn and join in, develop practice in the arts and nurture artists and audiences through collaborations with communities.

Geographical coverage

Within local community (including local council)

Our track record

Streatham Festival Association has been producing an umbrella arts festival for 13 years. The festival is produced every year thanks to the tireless work of the volunteer team, with the support of a festival Coordinator. The festival programme encompasses a wide range of genres and includes professional and community performances across Streatham over 4 days each July. We host a free event on Streatham Common to headline the festival, a featured artist programme to highlight high quality events and an umbrella of 30-50 events produced by local partners. For the last three years we have been focusing on raising the quality of work presented right across the programme. Our approach has been to identify and nurture local talent, commission high quality work to set a standard for the festival overall and develop meaningful engagement in the arts with communities.

Who do we help?

We champion artists across a wide range of genres. We encourage audiences from all sectors of society to appreciate the arts. We support businesses to work closely with the arts sector to the benefit of both. We work with local people to broaden participation and connect communities. We offer a wide variety of free events to make the arts accessible to all.