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#TheStreets Take Over!

The Streets, Ilford Town Centre, Events - 11 Nov 2016

Perhaps Contraption perform in Redbridge Town Hall

Last week The Streets music festival returned to Ilford to brighten the high street with music, jazz and entertainment. The public were treated to fantastic performances in locations in and around the high street. The event started off with a musical street parade with progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption and ended with a soulful performance by international artist Allan Harris at the General Havelock pub.

The Streets, Ilford Town Centre, Events - 11 Nov 2016

Tea Dance at Redbridge Town Hall

Walking in and out of Redbridge Central Library all day, I had the pleasure of catching glimpses of just some of the great acts performing last week. The space next to the welcome desk was transformed into a small stage area where artists such as Randolph Matthews, Ryan Green and Stan Edelman picked up their instruments and amazed the public with their smooth sounds. Over at the Town Hall on Friday, our regulars (and even a few new faces!) were treated to an extra special free tea dance with DJ favourite, Mr Wonderful playing great jazz beats. He was later accompanied by Perhaps Contraption, who made a guest appearance at the dance to get people moving!

The Streets, Ilford Town Centre, Events - 11 Nov 2016

Arun Ghosh at ‘Jazz for Toddlers’ workshop in Redbridge Central Library

The Friday buzz carried on into Saturday as the wet weather wasn’t enough to keep people away! This year Ilford hosted The Jazz Exchange where The Exchange Shopping Centre became a venue for a number of performances by featured artists such as Allan Harris and Natalie Williams. Shoppers were treated to the unique sounds of jazz while they stopped for a coffee in Debenhams Cafe or shopped around the mall. Many visitors stopped to enjoy the full performances before they went on about their day.

The two day event was enjoyed by all the public including adults, families and children. One of my personal highlights was the afternoon street parade, which brought in a huge crowd! Perhaps Contraption, with the power of their instruments and the sound of their voices impressed onlookers who followed the brass band through the high street, many of which were filming the wonderful performance on their phone. One excited child showed her appreciation when she shouted out “They’re good. They’re fantastic.” Now there’s a statement I can agree with!


Perhaps Contraption perform in a street parade

To re-live the highlights from the event, visit our Twitter moments.
To find out more about The Streets visit the website.

Post Author: Nida Hussain



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Half Term Family Fun


“In the Ghostly Gardens..” event with John Kirk at Valentines Mansion

If you visited Redbridge Libraries last week, you would have found them bursting with children and parents who were enjoying half term festivities taking place throughout the week. Wanstead Library was visited by storyteller John Kirk for a selection of spooky stories and cautionary tales in celebration of Halloween, and later found him in Valentines Mansion’s ghostly gardens. Rhyme Time was given a twist as members of the Sports & Health Team dropped by and encouraged toddlers to become active during the session: jumping, dancing and moving about instead of the usual sit down setting.


Treasure Trail at Redbridge Museum

Explore Learning invited children to take a trip into space or sail the high seas with pirates in their “Space Mission” and “Pirate” workshops. If you visited Redbridge Museum you may have noticed excited children with clipboards in their hands fluttering around. This was part of the treasure trail, where children learnt all about the history of Gujarat and Redbridge – the main theme of the exhibition – while working together and having fun!


Explore Learning’s “Pirate” workshop in the library

The Family Learning Festival was also taking place during half term with a range of taster sessions for children and parents to try. One of the busiest and exciting sessions was ‘Learn how to face paint and create super hero masks’. During the session parents were pleasantly surprised to find that the face painter was none other than the parents themselves! In a fantastic bonding experience, parents were encouraged to pick up a paint brush and the result (to some of their surprise!) was incredible. The session was a great way to get parents relaxed and sharing this activity with their child rather than being a nearby observer. With the help and guidance of Redbridge IAE, the room was buzzing as parents transformed their children into butterflies, comic book characters and even minions! Both children and parents went away having had a good time.

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Post Author: Nida Hussain