HOME FESTIVALS

HOME Festivals summer and winter will bring inspiring new arts events to the town centre and challenge perceptions of Slough and its culture.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

STREETS ALIVE AT THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Slough town centre was taken over with comedy street performers and brass bands blending Bollywood soundtracks and Balkan beats, as HOME Slough’s Streets Alive festival brought a dash of fun to the Christmas Switch On. HOME Slough, working in partnership with one of its funders, Slough Borough Council, delivered its own special brand of mischief and music on the high street with pop-up street performances for all the family.

The fun kicked off with the world famous Natural Theatre Company flying into town with its ever-joyful Cabin Crew. Their internationally acclaimed ‘Coneheads’ stopped shoppers in their tracks as this coach party from outer space made new friends in and out of the Queensmere and Observatory shopping centres: misunderstanding everything they encountered from flowers to photo-booths to hilarious result. Even the day-long drizzle failed to dampen the spirits as Artemis Productions fiery stilt walkers kept everyone uplifted as the traditional community showcase took place on the Town Square. Counting down to Santa’s arrival the Natural’s playfully promenaded their ‘Clockheads’ before the Christmas Lights and firework finale illuminated the sky at 5pm.

The toe-tapping tunes of Op Sa! and the Bollywood Brass Band brought a carnival vibe to the town with spontaneous audiences dancing in the rain, laughing and whole-heartedly embracing the events. ‘Bring Your Own Future’s’ guerilla watercolour team could also be found documenting the day and reimagining the image of Slough no matter the weather. 

The day was run by HOME Slough in association with Slough Borough Council, with support from Slough Town Centre Management and volunteers from Aik Saath, the Police Cadets, SWIPE, East Berkshire College and HOME Slough’s own Creative Connectors. HOME Slough is supported by the Arts Council of England as part of its Creative People and Places programme.

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STREETS ALIVE SLOUGH

In June 2017 HOME Slough held its first summer festival. On Saturday 17 June HOME Slough presented an array of hilarious, jaw-dropping and toe-tapping performances throughout the town from The Curve to the square. 

The day was full of events with dancing bodyguards giving shoppers the VIP treatment, samba rhythms and New Orleans jazz putting a spring in their step, comedy roadworkers suddenly displaying circus skills in Mackenzie Square, and breathtaking parkour performers and spoken word in the Plaza. 

In a spectacular finale to the afternoon, all the way from France, Les Vernisseurs transformed the Town Centre with a riot of colour and playful mayhem; filling the sky, streets, shops and onlookers with blue confetti and comedy chaos. 

The day was run by HOME Slough with vital support from Aik Saath, Slough Youth Parliament, The Curve Slough, Xtra Art, SWIPE, YES Slough, Creative Junction, Slough Borough Council, Slough Town Centre Partnership, The Queensmere Observatory, Global Streets, Arts Council England and Creative People and Places programme. See our coverage in the Slough Express.

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SPARKS FESTIVAL

In December 2016, consortium partner Creative Junction worked with Emergency Exit Arts, Slough Museum, Xtra Art and the River & Rowing Museum to run the first Spark Festival. The festival culminated in a massive parade through the town centre with the participation of community groups who helped make lanterns and other props for the occasion. You can read more about it in the Slough Express.

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