If you’re lamenting the end of festival season, fear not because the spirit of summer is still alive and kicking. London is gearing up to welcome a truly wonderful creative festival and trust us when we say it looks incredible. The event is hosted by The House of St Barnabas a charity and social enterprise that works with London’s homeless from a famed Georgian townhouse in Soho Square that has offered and represented solace and refuge since 1679. From mentions in Dickensian fiction to serving as a women’s hostel, charity headquarters and now as a fundraising clubhouse, the listed building is right at the city’s heart.
Art Social, now in its second year, is a festival like no other. Curated by the charity with the help of the beautiful Oh Comely magazine, the not-for-profit weekend offers workshops, live illustration, live music, film screenings, DJ sets and talks all for an affordable ticket fee of £10 or £15. The two full days of small events are all about self-expression, self-esteem and inclusion so leave your nerves or worries at home and lead by example.
Expect to meet one of our very favourite florist duos on Saturday as The Flower Appreciation Society share their wisdom. Join them for a workshop and soak up some of nature’s finest sights and smells in what promises to be a pretty relaxing creative session. Watch films that explore artist’s works, read, look, sing and listen and perhaps top the experience off with an inky workshop courtesy of Tie Dye High Five.
In addition to each of these treats for the senses, Oh Comely’s writer in residence Jason Ward will contributing to The House of St Barnabas’ already prolific history of all things literary with a touch more improvisation. ‘Art Social’ says the festival’s director Nadra Shah, ‘stems from the belief that the power of community will be the driving force for true social chance. The more reasons we have to bring people together with a shared vision and shared mission, the more chance we have to succeed.’
So book your day or weekend tickets here and join The House of St Barnabas team as well as a host of inspiring creatives on 25th and 26th of September at their Greek Street home. Oh, and let us know how the results of your workshops turn out too. We’ve always favoured a floral buttonhole and tie dye t-shirt; although perhaps not worn together. Then again, why not?
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth