Noise of Art

Metiss’age – an EU cultural project in London

The London Metiss’age event was organised by Noise of Art with the support of the EU Cultural programme.

It took place in Battersea Park during the day and at Village Underground for most of the night (10pm – 4am) on Saturday 17 September.

The day featured an interactive street painting. Click on the picture above to see a film about how the picture was made.

The large Metiss’age picture was created by renown London mural/ street artist Miss Led and painted by children from many diffferent cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The painting reflected on the cultural diversity of life in London.

Painting life in the city

Set in Battersea Park, the day event was intended to look like a traditional village fete had been moved into the centre of London. The event celebrated street art and urban ecological diversity.

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The village scene was only broken by the iconic towers of Battersea Power station, made famous by Pink Floyd’s album Animals – which has the power station on the cover and co-incidently was re-released the following week.

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The Noise of Art Metiss’age event took place alongside Tree-athalon, a charity run that raises money to plant trees in inner cities. This perfectly reflected the urban ecological diversity message of Metissa’ge. We also had a live music stage that was powered by Solar energy panels mounted on the roof of a Vinatge VW van.

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Street artists, stilt walkers, contemporary dancers and folk musicians entertained the crowd during the day.

 

The night time concert took place at Village Underground, one of London’s most respected venues, and featured internationally renown musicians Peter Kruder, Ashley Beedle, Si Begg, Ben Osborne and many more acts - as well as surrounding visuals supplied by Your Mum and a performance by contemporary dance troupe, The People Pile.

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Some two and a half thousand people attended the event, which was recommended with a prestigious “Critics Choice” by London listings bible Time Out.