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Global Streets

 Inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences.

We’re proud to be a partner of Global Streets, a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities.

Global Streets is a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities.

Funded by Arts Council England and managed by FESTIVAL.ORG, Global Streets gives voice to people in Barking and Dagenham, Birmingham, Doncaster, Hounslow, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Slough and Woolwich – together representing some of the least arts-engaged areas in the country. Since 2015, more than 220,000 people have experienced a variety of international productions, each embedded with unique and locally imagined opportunities for people to get involved.

Read on to find out more about some of the amazing Global Streets projects that have been presented at Freedom Festival.

'Bivouac' by Générik Vapeur

Freedom Festival 2019

Blue men and women burst onto the streets with a wave of smoke and sound, transporting the city into a punk infused daydream. French street arts titans, Générik Vapeur, have been lighting up cities across Europe for 30 years with smoke, flame, oil drums and mayhem as an enormous troupe of blue men and women lay siege to the city. Joined by a cast of local people for a processional show with Rock’n’Shock music and pyrotechnics, they vanish as quickly as they arrived.

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'Rise!' by Compagnie L'Homme Debout

Freedom Festival 2018

Accompanied by the beautiful spirit of the Bird of Freedom, a giant woman puppet arrives. She has travelled a long way, gathering stories along the way, and now it is time to pass on those hopes and dreams to the next generation. As she explores, she learns about the dreams and struggles of those past and present who have contributed to the story of Doncaster. This spectacular performance features giant puppets, performances by local choirs, and a celebration of the people of the town.

Friday RISE (c) Tom Arran (113) Girl Placards Rose Bowl
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Friday RISE (c) Tom Arran (122) Placards Rose Bowl

'A Merry Urban Mess' by Les Vernisseurs

Freedom Festival 2017

Joyous Urban Mess or Merry Urban Mess (Joyeuse Pagaille Urbaine) is a spectacular performance full of surprise and delight where the street becomes a playground for 5 ‘workers’ who end up showering themselves and audience in confetti, ribbons and streamers.

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Tracey Taylor Sunday (21)
Freedom Festival 2017 - Sunday-1_Tom Arran (260)

'The Clash of Drums' by Les Commandos Percu & Deabru Beltzak

Freedom Festival 2016

The Clash of Drums (Le Choc des Tambours / Danbor Talka) is a spectacular fusion of percussion and awesome fireworks. Seemingly out of nowhere, drummers march towards each other in a parade winding its way through the audience. The two teams of drummers, twelve in total, play off against each other in a series of percussive ‘battles’ before joining together in a theatrically staged fusion of sound and pyrotechnics.

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"inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences"