What actions are we prepared to take to defend the freedoms of public space?
How can the power of art and music be harnessed to resist policies that stifle creativity and spontaneity?
How can buskers, street artists/performers and their supporters build community and best work together for public spaces that are open to the arts?
The freedom to use public spaces spontaneously for art, music and other informal community activities in the UK is under increasing threat from new, authortitarian 'antisocial behaviour' legislation and growing moves towards the privitisation of public space.
The Keep Streets Live Campaign is responding to this challenging political landscape through a combination of creative protest and working alongside local authorities wherever possible to advocate for policies that support and nurture grassroots street culture.
The Keep Streets Live Activist Forum is a day long event in Leeds, West Yorkshire this July. It is a unique opportunity for anyone who values street culture to share experiences, build community and ask questions together about how best to nurture and protect street culture in the face of increasing moves to use criminal law to stifle grassroots culture.
Who should come?
Buskers, street artists and performers, jugglers, musicians, poets, troubadours, activists............. in fact anyone at all who is concerned about the growing threat to freedoms in public space. You don't need to be an artist or performer to come; anyone who cares about safeguarding cultural freedoms in public space is a welcome participant.
What should we bring?
An open mind, a desire to get involved, your creativity and ideas, and your experiences of art and music in public spaces. There will be some opportunities to spontaneously share music, art, poetry during the day in between sharing and strategising, so feel free to bring your musical instruments/artistic materials along (if you have any)!
This day long event is open to anyone who wants our streets and public spaces to be open to the arts and other grassroots community uses.
The event will be facilitated by Mike Love from Together For Peace, a Leeds based community organisation that builds bridges between people from different cultures, communities and life experience.
Jonny Walker, founding director of the Keep Streets Live Campaign, will give a short overview of the current UK busking landscape.
We're excited to announce that the Real Junk Food team from Armley Junk-tion will be providing our lunch on 5th July. The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.
So please bring some cash to make a contribution for your lunch, and for hot and cold drinks. The Wharf Chambers members bar will also be open from 3pm.
Wharf Chambers is located very near to the bus station in Leeds and about a 10 minute walk from the train station. There is on street parking near the venue although you will need to pay around £2 for parking on the meter.
Please feel free to get in touch with any queries ahead of the day.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 5th,
Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club - licensed hours Mon-Wed 5pm-midnight, Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 3pm-2am and Sun 3pm-8pm. Wharf Chambers is a members' club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. Wharf Chambers has a safer spaces policy: see www.wharfchambers.org/safer-spaces-policy
**The Keep Streets Live team are all Wharf Chambers members and can sign you in as a guest, but we'd encourage you to become a member if you wish, in order to support this wonderful social centre.**
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Keep Streets Live Campaign
The Keep Streets Live Campaign is a not for profit organisation founded in 2012 to advocate for public spaces that are open to informal and spontaneous offerings of art and music. It aims to promote positive relationships between local authorities and street performers, and to develop policies that support and sustain street culture.