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Marchmont Street Party - the story so far by staff

  Marchmont Street Party - the story so far


Marchmont Street Party - the story so far

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The Marchmont Association organised the very popular Marchmont Street Party from 2006 to 2014, except for 2011, when we organised a launch event for the Marchmont Community Garden instead. The event has always had two simple aims: (1) To bring local people together for a day of fun and (2) To help break down barriers between different sections of the community. It also provided an opportunity for local community groups and charities to raise much needed funds, whilst enabling our many partner organisations to reach a wider audience.

Large and diverse crowds have been drawn to the event each year by its eclectic mix of live music, children's entertainment and a plethora of stalls and sideshows run by local groups, businesses, residents and partner organisations. The biggest crowd pleasers over the years have been Tropical Heatwave and Luis Lema's Salsa Band. Other popular bands have included Ashanti Development Marching Band, Northern Celts, Coco Xpress, Lambeth Wind Orchestra, Cut-a-Shine Hoedown Band, the London School of Samba and the Birmingham Bangra band (pictured). Special attractions have included the 'BIG Plant Give-Aways' organised by the Marchmont Community Garden Partnership (funded by BLF) in partnership with Camden Garden Centre in 2012 and with Vital Flowers in 2013 and 2017.

This popular annual event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors and donors, our most regular supporters being Holiday Inn hotel, Waitrose, Gino Hairdressing, the Marquis Cornwallis pub and Camden Council. We also enjoyed the occasional generous support of the Big Lottery Fund, Balfour Restaurant, Burger & Shake, Imperial London Hotels Ltd, Judd Books, Fork Deli, Tavistock Dental, Tesco, Hermes, Frank Harris & Co., Drury Porter Eyecare, UNITE hostel, CV Hair & Beauty, Fyfe McDade, Ciao Bella restaurant and New Bloomsbury Set, and more recently GLP Estate agents and Pizza Sophia. We are also indebted to the many local businesses who have donated goods and services, which has enabled us to raise much needed funds for the association with our popular Tombola & Raffle. We were fortunate to receive a Big Lottery Fund grant in 2013, which covered approximately half the cost of the event, but we were not able to apply again, so we needed to find another big sponsor, which turned out to be the University of London/UPP, whose generous support enabled MSP 2014 to proceed. Special appreciation is reserved for Richard Sharples, who has generously given his time and considerable artistic talent to design our beautiful banners, posters and flyers for no fee.

Regular feedback from event-goers and stallholders helped us to keep improving the event, such as in 2014 when we took a risk with the weather and shifted the date by a few weeks to the end of September, to enable new and existing University students to participate for the first time. We kept to this time of year with our 2017 event, which we organised in partnership with the King's Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association(KCBNA), whose HQ is based in Marchmont Street.

We partnered KCBNA again for MSP 2018, but our luck ran out with the weather, which rain from start to finish. Nevertheless, the show went on, with four out the five scheduled main stage acts completing their performances to the obvious delight of event-goers.

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