A percussionist playing eight drums on a giant wheel is set to roll into South Norwood later this month as part of a new arts programme that will take place across six outer London boroughs.
The programme known as The Streets will launch at 6pm on Tuesday, 28 July, on the forecourt outside Yeha Noha Café in Station Road.
The main event will take place in November as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, and will see empty shops and cafes in the high street taken over by live music and performance.
The star of the launch will be Australian percussionist Ben Walsh – currently in residence at the Southbank Centre – and his spectacular 8ft-high drum wheel made from recycled material.
Croydon band Da Groove Station, who played at the Purley and London Road festivals, are also performing.
The Streets, organised by events producer Serious, aims to reignite the energy and identity of high streets, by coupling commercial priorities with cultural activity and staging dynamic, spectacular performances whilst stimulating local participation and discovery.
“We’re delighted to welcome The Streets programme to South Norwood.
“The Streets is a celebration of the high street through art and live performance, and it’s fantastic that one of our major district centres is to host this event.
“It’s worth popping along just to see Ben Walsh – by no means your average drummer!”
Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning
For more information visit http://thestreets.london/