There's a huge buzz coming out of the Cally Festival team with only two weeks to go. It's fantastic to see so much excitement and potential on a marvellous, much loved, but under-rated local street. The Cally will be shut to traffic from Offord to Bingfield for most of the day and Kings Cross people can kick off the road dust, gloom and tension let their hair down (at least those of us who have any can).
There's a great music line up (I'm looking forward to Delicatessan) and over 70 stalls, with many being local traders and people. Sounds like there will be loads of fod to. To quote from a fraction of the very good website and the infectiously enthusiastic twtter account (a model BTW of how you should use twitter for marketing):
'There’s plenty of activity at The Cally Festival for kids, which will take place nestled in a side street. A tipi with the notorious Daniele Vouga Duggan from Pop Up Festival will be storytelling, bringing you magical tales and sing-along songs from the circus. Our very own eccentric performer, Mr Hernandez will have you in fits of laughter (not only because of his curly moustache) and will invite kids to try out some expressive, rather silly theatrical workshops. Our local library, West Library will be delving out books and activities based around the circus theme. A variety of art workshops run by the lovely Leona from London’s Artist’s Resource will be throwing around glitter, glue and recycled materials to make masks. All of these activities are free. If that isn’t enough, a bouncy castle supplied with cakes for the parents and a variety of games such as a coconut shy and hooking ducks should keep the kids entertained for hours.
In conjunction with the Wimbledon Tennis Finals, which take place the same day as The Cally Festival at 2pm, Peabody are creating a Wimbledon Street. Down a little alley way, expect to see a green area with a large outdoor screen showing the live match. Get roped in to try out the Wii Fit Tennis or alternatively relax on the green with a punnet of strawberries and watch the match.
Arsenal will be joining us with their one-on-one football zone, so come on down for a shoot out.
Sea-side boys from Cornwall, ‘Cool Guys Average Skills’ will be showcasing their skateboarding demonstrations in our urban setting. These daring skaters will show you a trick or two on their hand-made ramps made from beach driftwood'
By3 July there won't be any rain left so it's bound to be dry. If you want to get involved check out this page. Let's hope festival can be bigger and better than the first Cally Festival in 2007 and the Tolpuddle Martys Festival in 2009.