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Street Scenes

Funded on Spacehive 10 July 2019

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Street Scenes

Street Scenes

Street Scenes By Street Scenes

We're a network of people who run and facilitate frequent gatherings in public space. We host inclusive arts events on the street with fun activities like drawing games, welcoming passers-by to meet.

Hackney Delivery stage

pledged of £9,113

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

We want to run a four month program of regular, small events featuring public-space arts. We'll invite locals to get involved and support them to design and run their own similar events. We'll make the streets a place of collaborative artistic expression featuring interactive street entertainments that we've developed over the years, and invent new ones with locals. We hope to bring the streets to life with arts and creativity, breaking down social divides and isolation as we do so. Our network helps people organise their own events by giving them guidance and support, and through our online platform. Supporting citizens to participate in creative street gatherings reaches the widest range of people. Our vision is that cities across the country, starting with London, eventually have a steady stream of events occurring, run by self-sustaining volunteer networks, such that people are regularly welcomed to inclusive street gatherings, and know where to go if they want to find one.

What we'll deliver:

  • At least 40 promoted street events this year
  • An easy web platform for citizens to organise public events
  • Novel forms of interactive activities to expand the public imagination

Why it's a great idea:

It’s high summer on Friday evening in the great, big village of London. You want some fun but you want something different. Well I suggest you head for the streets and speak to the strangers there. We’ve been doing this for years. It brings laughter, surprise and a sense that anyone could be a new friend. There’s something special about the streets. Almost everyone from every background and mindset walks the streets at some point. Wonderful things happen when they become a meeting place for all these people  who would otherwise never meet. 100s of passers-by have embraced the project over the years, so now we hold events regularly and build a network of people to help run them. What if little street happenings were so common, you could always count on there being a street somewhere with friendly strangers to welcome you? We're creating a self-sustaining network designed to give people the skills and confidence as well as the contacts to collaboratively host events in future.

Steps to get it done:

  • 40 street events in 2019
  • 2 multi-activity events, like mini-fairs

What sort of scenes do we run? We simply set up a small activity on an unused patch of pavement and chat to friends and passing strangers. “Hi there, would you like to play a drawing game/sign our guest book/smell this plant?”… A Street Scene can really take on any shape but we have some of our own tried and tested favourite activities. From patch-work, to letter writing, they keep us entertained, but they’re also interactive and easy to share with all those passing by. Some are classic past-times or crafts. Patchwork, with bobbles and other extras for sewing on to garments is a big one. Drawing challenges are a favourite. Other activities are more unusual, such as “hair-comb-therapy” where we just offer to gently comb people's hair, or The Smellery where we simply share glorious smells like flowers, and Blind Mate where we invite strangers to meet whilst blind-folded. Street Scenes sees public space as a unique medium for bringing people together in wonderful ways.

Location Hackney

About the space

Hackney, Bethnal Green, Leyton, East London and other parts of the city as our network grows.


London Borough of Hackney

How will the money be spent?Total £9,113

Coordinator Salary - £5,000 (55%)
Marketing, admin, website, office, contingency costs. - £3,000 (33%)
Event material costs - £400 (4%)
Other - £713 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Coordinator Salary
Marketing, admin, website, office, contingency costs.
Event material costs
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We'll use any extra funding to run more events, build the network by supporting more people to put on their own events, and promote the project more widely. The above costs would support the most basic version of our plan, though we would be keen to raise even more so as to grow the network as much as possible.
  • Our vision of a self-sustaining network of street event hosts running events into the future will require a great and continued effort; but we know that with enough support, we can inspire people to share culture on the streets as a standard part of city life. We'd be all the better for it!

Total £9,113

Our Volunteer List

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