Fitzrovia Street Party & Community Dinner
On Saturday 31st of August residents and guests travelled across the world at Fitzrovia Street Party 2019!
Whitfield Street was closed and became the destination of the summer! Over 500 people from the local community and across Camden celebrated the culture and diversity of our community, collecting stamps in their FYA Passport to stop off in different ‘countries’ and take part in various games and activities designed and organised by over 30 young people between July and end of September.
Adventurers played Hook a Duck in Venice, Italy, raced in peddle Go Karts in the Circuit-de-Monaco, played 9 Holes of mini golf on Caribbean Islands, were Sumo wrestlers in Japan, took part in the Tour de France on our smoothie bikes, played Bubble Football in Brazil and dove into the great barrier reef in Australia at our ball pit! Guests were able to potentially win raffle prizes if they completed their passport, thanks to prizes donated by Yo Sushi Tottenham Court Road, Franco Manca, Entertainment One and Forbidden Planet.
Our guests were also entertained throughout the event by 21 talented young people such as Mix It Dance group, Blanks from Coram’s Fields, Opium, Jadeen Barton, Liana, Ky Lewis, Francesca from KCBNA, local young resident Stina, Simone, Emma Ilunga and Inshi! The young performers were also joined on stage by Absolute Bollywood too.
The young people who designed the event wanted their guests to have fun but also wanted to raise awareness regarding the environment and encourage them to think more about waste at the event and beyond. They selected activities that do not require power other than the stage, decorations were either reusable or recyclable and switched us to biodegradable plates and recyclable cups! We also had recycling bags available.
195 guests were surveyed, with 98% stating that the event was good or brilliant (66% stated brilliant.) Some of the community commented;
- What a good day out! Great atmosphere, and my daughter enjoyed it so much
- It’s lovely getting the community together
- I have a better understanding about the younger generation; I feel positive
- We feel part of this multicultural community
- Great community spirit and togetherness
- Meeting all the people and seeing people of all ages off their phones
- So many different activities for young people and kids
- Everything was brilliant but especially the recyclable decorations instead of balloons
- The music and food was good, good family time with entertainment for the family especially the kids
The event was lead by 14 event managers on the day, supported by 57 other young people acting as stewards. Stewards stated that they learnt new skills such as public speaking, customer service, improved their team work and increased their confidence and set up gazebos. One of the event managers commented when asked about the project ‘I enjoyed meeting new people and voicing my opinion and ideas to help the community….my confidence has increased too. I found it quite scary at first as I am not a particularly outgoing person.’ Another said ‘I have really developed great employability skills like customer service, team work, communication and public speaking. Also my organisational skills – I had to have good time management for the meetings, but also on the day as a host, knowing when I was needed.’
We would like to thank everyone who supported the event; our young people, our performers, local residents, friends and families of people taking part and our funders Lottery Community Fund, Voluntary Action Camden Festival Grants and Camden Giving. We would also like to thank the organisations who donated prizes for the raffle!
See our gallery below and a film to give you a taste of the event!