Throw a Great Party
This is the one day in the year when we have complete control over our streets! The day when we can cover the car-park in colour. The moment we’ll cover the cul-de-sac with chairs and tables. Lose that perfection and capture creativity. Flags, bunting, props. Everything and anything goes; the more colour the better!
Recipe for bunting
Get lost in your nearest cupboard. Old tents, umbrellas, 70’s tablecloths, kid’s cartoon bedsheets, dad’s hawaiian shirts, dodgy curtains – all are welcome! Find some garden twine or extralong string. Cut the fabric into long thin diamond shapes. Fold in half between the shortest points. Wrap around the string and glue sides together. Find a responsible daredevil who’ll tie the string between neighbours windows or a willing tree. Celebrate the instant colour that transforms the street!
Film your Feast
A simple video of your Street Feast will help to encourage neighbours to get involved for next year. Make sure to get a good range of shots, ie. long, medium, close-up range. Why not share out the finished piece; you could upload it to the Street Feast YouTube channel (make sure you’ve got permission!).
Make sure to get as many willing people as possible to clean up, preferably before they all slink off! Try making the area cleaner and better than when you started!
Capturing the Memories
Capture those photos, they’ll be great for the memories. Uploading online is the way to go these days, much easier to make your friends jealous! Use your blog, facebook, flickr, to share them and link your shots to the Street Feast groups on flickr and facebook.
Music and Games
Everyone’s musical! There are probably more musicians per square km of turf in Ireland than any other country worldwide. Think about all the closet ones out there – go find them! Get that group together! Play it live, set up acoustic park sessions, everyone wants to be part of the tin-cankitchenpot-dustbin-lid collective. What better way to break down barriers than getting those tunes out onto the street? Instruments From the handy spoons to the pickupable guitar, from the all-cando triangle to the everso-welcome trumpet. If you’re playing the bendy saw be careful!
Games are only limited by your imagination! Keep them simple – hopscotch, noughts & crosses, snakes and ladders, draughts and hangman, all you need is some chalk and some willing competitors. With any luck, the games will be improvised into spectacles that will be remembered for years – twister-street-style, breakdance-off, crab-football, musical-car-parking