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Keep cool and Cally on!

Theatre turns bus stop into dance floor, as hula-hoopers and musicians perform in street at sunny Caledonian Road festival

22 June, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Dynasty Afrique from the Lift Youth Hub

THE sun shone on Cally Fest on Sunday, the annual street party that shuts off Caledonian Road.

Rev Mark Fletcher and the youth group from Barnsbury parish

Organiser Russell Swallow said: “Our area has a diverse reputation, it’s a dynamic area and it’s a privilege to show off and show everyone is working together as a community.”

Singer Kmula

The festival is in its eighth year and this year boasted three different music stages and a boxing ring as well as pop-up physics experiments.

Carla Rose

Sadler’s Wells theatre took over a bus stop and set it up as a dance floor. Dance troupes, hula-hoopers and musicians took over the busy high street for the day in a spectacle of joy and celebration.

Organisers Gavin Molloy, Jess Andrews and Alice James

Mr Swallow added: “It’s colourful and inspiring, from kids’ face paint to children performing as well the older generation doing music. It’s evolved and changed and each year it has grown. It attracted a wide calibre of people. We had Borough Market-level traders as well as local businesses who dropped prices on the day to do something better for the community.

Thornhill Primary school pupils

“It really transforms the street. You look up from the busy grey street to see everyone running around.”

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