It was a multi-artform festival day which included live performances and workshop activities, themed around happiness and aimed at families living locally. This was a day to celebrate the bright new ‘Happy Street’ Thessaly Road bridge artwork by Yinka Ilori, commissioned by Wandsworth Council as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2018. The event was organised by Wandsworth Council and supported by local partners.
New Orleans Second Line Band
In 19th century New Orleans, jazz brought together diverse ethnic and racial groups, who found common cause through their love of music. Inspired by this, World Heart Beat Music Academy has its own Second Line New Orleans jazz music programme and took music into the heart of the Nine Elms community, parading under the beautiful Thessaly Road bridge and all through the streets and the Savona, Patmore and Carey Gardens estates.
‘Wow, what a turnout we had for the first Happy Streets!
With the dust now settled and having caught up on lost sleep, I just want to personally say thank you to you for participating in the most incredible day. The response from the community was amazing and the feedback from attendees at times tear jerking, with one 9 year old saying “It was the best day of his life”.
You were all a total pleasure to have here, both personally and professionally. It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly patient and kind you all are come event day, even when things are in full swing!
Please send my thanks and love to all involved. The pleasure was all mine, thank you.’ – Carmen, Event Organiser