Street Festivals

Four European streets, their actors, environments and identities.

The workshops organised in each participating city will culminate to artistic happenings on the streets selected by the In Public, In Particular project: Linnankatu (Turku), Dambruggestraat (Antwerp) Thomas Street (Dublin) and Teslina Ulica (Zagreb). The streets will be filled with artistic interventions, interactive happenings and even parades during 2016-2017. The conclusive street festival will be organised in Antwerp in December 2018.

Dambruggestraat festivals

Antwerp, Belgium

Corresponding to the parade of Noorderlicht in 2016, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, AP University College, Permeke Bibliotheek and IPIP created an event on November 30 2017 which was a node and a meetingpoint between different cultures.
As in all walks of life, in hairstyling we also find classical trends up to and including very expressive or extravagant patterns, styles and shapes. For artists Hairstyling & Extensions is a very inviting subject which triggers the imagination. Furthermore, the project offers our students the chance to link their artistic creativity to a local community, Antwerp North, which is noteworthy for its cultural diversity.
Inhabitants of 2060 Antwerp, artists, hairdressers,… everyone was welcome to participate, listen, join etc. 

We are drafting a full report as we speak, in the meantime you can read this interesting presentation “The power of Hair. The politics of Hair in a (South) African context” by professor Shonisani Netshia of the Visual Art Department of the University of Johannesburg!

The power of Hair


Linnankatu Is an Art Street

Turku, Finland

IPIP Street Festival in Turku

7-10 November 2017

The festival presents site specific, collaborative and participatory events and artworks from four visiting artists, art students and collaborators. Each artwork or event has been produced in collaboration with the street actors, such as a bar, a shopping center and the City Library.

The visiting artists are:
– Artist duo AKU: Augmented reality piece on the the street
– Leena Kela: performance at the flower shop Pasadena
– Sandra Nyberg: Light art at Turku Social Center.
The students’ artworks include e.g. sound art, projections, new genre public art and performative drawing.
Arts Promotion Centre Finland, DaisyLadies association, Turku Classical Upper Secondary School and Turku Conservatory also produce  art and events for the street festival.

Follow the Facebook event @linnankatuontaidekatu and our Facebook page for updates and stories!

Dambruggestraat festivals

Antwerp, Belgium

The IPIP NL project was a parade through the Dambruggestraat and included other streets of Antwerp-North.
A specific route was chosen for its varied cultural and geographic environment: starting at a city square and following ordinary suburban streets (straight and with bends), fields and a park, a tunnel and a bridge. This gave our students a wide range of possibilities to design and execute special and site-specific works.
We managed to set up a ‘mobile platform’ where diverse cultures and identities interacted were exposed, and respected by each other. We also gave the Northern Light parade a sub title: Let’s go together to the party!
This aspect created a fairly new concept: a parade which was passing by front doors AND picking people up to accompany us to the party. Over 700 people actively participated in this event. We regard our parade of 2016 as a great success.

The report is reflecting on the following issues:
From the preparatory period to the final event.
Schedule & Concluding Review
Budget, Fees, Funding & fees in kind, (credits) as part of the curriculum + Questions & Future ideas about it.
• The community and the student involvement
• The engagement of The City of Antwerp & the collaboration with AP, University College
• The engagement of the Schools: Academy and Conservatoire & Other schools
• Communication – Language & Publicity
• Time management:
• Art Students & Artists
• Staged Events & Party
• Photographers and videographers
• Opportunities & Problems
• Learning curve & Educational value
• Target groups
• General conclusions


Relive the parade while looking at these photos!