Store Street was alight with fire, music and dance last Friday night for Step-Out Store Street, Bloomsbury Festival’s annual Friday night party. At The Building Centre, the crowds were invited in to a special evening of Spoken Word around the New London Model, hosted by New London Architecture and the Built Environment Trust.
Live music, food and art filled the street which was completely car-free for this special event, with this year’s theme of ‘language’ being explored through live performance, installations and dance workshops. Visitors were treated to fire spectacles thanks to pyrotechnic specialist pa-BOOM, a special bespoke dance piece created by award-winning choreography Tony Adigun, as well as endless street food, mulled wine and craft stalls.
Inside, gathering around the 12.5 metre New London Model of central London, a programme of London poets and spoken word artists captivated audiences with pieces touching on the themes of the city, urban development and London’s architecture.
Performances by Eley Williams, Annabel Banks, Peter Hayhoe, Aki Schilz and host Lettie McKie all celebrated the use of language in the built environment, drawing on what makes London unique and wonderful.
By Mark Cox, Programme Manager, New London Architecture