Street Meet brings random acts of art, poetry, spoken-word and dance into back alleyways and impromptu spaces
Whether you notice it or not, public art is a everyday part of urban life. It frescos the otherwise staid cement walls of our infrastructure, creeps and encroaches upon our picket fences and runs wild on the unadventurous areas of the city.
And, thanks to the promoters of the Street Meet Festival, it comes alive as an annual street, public and graffiti event that celebrates new, contemporary and public art.
Now in its second year, the three-day summer event has returned to the Riversdale and downtown areas (note: Back Alley Antics is now in it’s eighth year). And on Saturday evening, a sizeable crowd gathered to witness random acts of art, poetry, spoken-word and dance that used back alleyways and impromptu spaces as its stage.
Hosted by the Free Flow Dance Theatre Company in collaboration with Street Meet, the first event featured dancers flowing lithely through the crowd while a cellist played in the background. Other performances included dramatic readings, including a hilarious story about a family dog named Scooby Doo, sword balancing, political poetry and a piece that saw dancers using mini-trampolines shrouded beneath beautifully coloured robes.
Other events of the festival have included a intro into wheat pasting, a documentary on stenciling on public roadways and panel discussions.