Street circus, opera and Bollywood dancers to perform at High Street festival


On Saturday, 22 July six local acts – from circus to opera to Bollywood dancers – will take to the streets at iconic locations throughout the town centre to entertain locals and visitors alike from 11.30am.

Talented Bedfordians are bringing eclectic family-friendly performances to our historic High Street as part of the one-day ‘Take to the Streets’ festival.

Produced by Kaye Mahoney in partnership with the Bedford Players Trust, this is truly a local thing for local people.

Kaye, who has 25 years’ experience in the arts and culture sector, was awarded funding for the project by the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) cultural programme.

She has previously run events at organisations including King’s College London, the Barbican Arts Centre and the National Theatre and has a particular interest in performing arts and live performance, and previously trained and worked as an actor.

“Having recently moved to Bedford, I am delighted to have been awarded funding to gather these talented local performing artists and community groups together,” said Kaye.

“I hope people can join us for what will be a lively and entertaining afternoon in Bedford town centre.”

Lissy Malt of the Bedford Players Trust said: “This will be such a special event for Bedford, featuring a host of local talent, providing free entertainment for Bedford in the town centre.

“Kaye hs peen putting together a treat for us all.”

The event has been funded by Historic England, Bedford Borough Council, SEMLEP and BedfordBID and here’s what you’ve got to look forward to…

Take to the Streets – event programme

Silver Faces / Reflections of Bedford statue from 11.30am

  • Bedford community choir, Opus 18. Image: Opus 18

Silver Square will host live music in the heart of the town centre. Entertainment will come from Opus 18 Community Choir, led by Evelyn Sutherland and accompaniest Clare Sugars and the soulful R&B of father and daughter duo, Taeja and Elvis Veira.

Elvis has been singing since he was eight and Taeja performed her first gig with her father when she was just seven.

Next to Bedford Town Bridge from 1pm

Street performer, Spikey Will
Spikey Will is more used to performing in London’s Covent Garden than his hometown of Bedford

Street performer, Spikey Will, the Man of Danger is a regular feature in Covent Garden and for the first time ever, he’ll be bringing his street show to his home town of Bedford.

Local soprano Andrea Tweedale, of Bedford-based events company Castle Events, will sing some of opera’s most beautiful arias to her fellow Bedfordians.

Opera singer, Andrea Tweedale
Andrea Tweedale. Image: Castle Events

Harpur Square from 2.30pm

The ever-popular Promethidion is a children’s song and dance group whose main mission is promoting Polish culture and traditions in the Bedford community.

The group always performs in Poland’s colourful and vibrant national costumes – “Stroje Krakowskie”.

Promethidion. Image: PBIC

Based in Bedford, Nritham Dance Academy has been teaching all forms of Indian Classical, Indian Folk and Bollywood dances for
the past 15 years, regularly taking party in Bedford River Festival, Northampton Diwali and Cambridge Mela.

Their members will be performing a selection of dances in Bedford’s Harpur Square.

Nritham Dance Academy

Visitors to Bedford can park for free for two hours every Saturday in all council-owned town centre car parks.

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