“It will be spectacular” Bedford’s communities come together for Spectacularts Street Arts Festival

Spectacularts Holding Card

This weekend (7 September) will see the very first Spectacularts Bedford Street Arts Festival which organisers, volunteers, sponsors and participants all promise will be spectacular.

Spectacularts Street Arts Festival

11:30am to 8pm
7 September 2019
Bedford Park, Park Avenue, Bedford

The event, organised by Sharon De Leonardis and her Spectacularts committee will pull together all the different cultures that make Bedford the colourful, creative and diverse town it is.

“This event is the culmination of almost a year’s work by some of the most passionate people in Bedford,” said organiser, Sharon De Leonardis.

“I’ve been so inspired by the dedication, commitment, and creativity of all the volunteers and participants who have come together to showcase the amazing talent we have across all of Bedford’s diverse communities.

“While we may be putting in the finishing touches this week, I can promise everyone coming down to Bedford Park on Saturday (7 September) it will be Spectacular.”


From 11.30am to 8pm, Bedford Park will be split into four quarters (Dance, Arts, Theatre and Music) giving carnival fans and street art lovers a taste of the talent across the Borough.

There will also be a chance to get involved and try lots of different engaging activities in each quarter, or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds in the beautiful setting of Bedford Park.

While the whole event is much more than just a carnival through town. At 1pm and 4pm a carnival parade will work its way around the entire site, pulling together a sample of all the different acts, performances and cultural diversity the town has to offer.

What’s on and where?

Dance Quarter

Showcasing local dance performances from 11.30am until 4pm. Take in the power moves and dynamism of everything from street jazz to tap dance, modern to ballet. As well as Latin American dance, dance fitness, cheerleading, ballroom dancing and line dancing. Indian, Salsa and Polish dance groups will also be part of the Main Parade.

Art Quarter

Local artists will have their work on display, so come and have a look at our regional talent. Spoken word performances will also be performed here, so this is the place to be for poetry fans. Graffiti artist Snow will also be starting the day with a blank canvas and will create a piece by the end of the day.

Music Quarter

Extremely talented, local DJs will bang out the tunes throughout the day so you can dance or chill out to a range of music. Lively carnival vibes will get the blood pumping before the day off with soulful house and garage.

Theatre Quarter

Hosted by The Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s and The Place theatre. The Theatre Quarter will feature a pop-up box office and a Travelling Theatre Company, allowing your imagination to run wild. Join in with the workshops and Silent Adventures Team as we lead you in a roaming, rhythmic riot across the sound-soaked cities of the UK

Much more than a carnival

While each quarter will give a defined focus to each street art, there will also be much more happening throughout the event.

  • Yoga, sound bath therapy, laughter therapy and shamanic healing will be taking place in the Holistic & Wellbeing Area.
  • You can purchase multicultural themed books from the Book Love Book Stall, which offers a plethora of literature with something of interest to all.
  • Children can make the most of the funfair are which will have children’s rides, a trampoline, a circus dome amongst other things to keep the children entertained!
  • Get back into fitness and try a sports workshop in the Have A Go Sports Area. Tennis, basketball and parkour will be available for you to try at the public tennis courts.
  • Petrolheads will have a chance to see over 30 cars in the Supercar Village, and make the most of the opportunity to have a photo with some of the most famous cars in the world.
  • If you’re interested in Boxing & Martial Arts, Boxers from East Area Boxing Club will be putting on demonstrations in the boxing ring near the Have A Go Sports Area.

And while you can bring your own picnic, there will be over 25 food stalls offering everything from Caribbean to Italian from Indian to Indonesian, with vegan and many other cuisines to try. There will also be a fully licensed bar serving beers, lagers, ales, ciders, wines, gins and a prosecco van.

Food vans will close at 6pm, bars will remain open until 8pm.

Tim Pain, from Bedford Heights, who have been active supporters of Spectacularts from the start, said: “Bedford is a vibrant town which many different cultures and communities call home. As Bedford’s largest business centre, in which hundreds of local people work, Bedford Heights jumped at the chance to support SpectaculArts – whose mission is to unite our local communities – coming on board right from the very start.

“As the festival approaches on 7 September, Bedford Heights is very proud indeed to have helped play a part in getting this worthwhile initiative off the ground, including being a sponsor and gifting workspace to the SpectaculArts team for an entire year so they would have a professional base in which to work, meet collaborators and hold events.

“We wish the SpectaculArts team all the very best for the event on the 7th and beyond as the SpectaculArts initiative continues to evolve.

But Spectacularts doesn’t just end there. The team have set up the foundation to provide learning and creative opportunities through the year that anyone in the Borough can access.

For more information about this head to www.spectacularts.co.uk/workshops/

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