Thursday, 21 April 2011

Manchester Events - NQ Street Party, 29th April

So you might have heard us mention about The Northern Quarter Street Party. We're going to join in the fun and have a little stall in this great Manchester event happening Friday 29th April - the day of the Royal Wedding!

To tell you a bit more about it, Me&Yu girl about town Roxanne Nejad (who will be representing us on the day) interviewed Carole Keating, Creative director for The Northern Quarter Street Party (NQSP)

Carole Keating, a local arts and events manager came up with the idea of an alternative take on ‘the big day’ and tweeted: “Alright Manchester. A street party in the NQ. Who’d be up for this?”

We hear you have been thinking of doing a Street Party for a while. where did you get the idea from? 
I love the 1940s- the fashion, the music, the gung-ho, make-do-and-mend attitude and community spirit, and I think street parties sum the best of that era up - neighbours all knew each other and despite everything that was happening, they still got together and had a great big knees up.

Did you expect it to get so big?
From speaking to friends about it before I announced it I thought it would get a decent crowd of vintage fans and locals, but we've been amazed at how much support it's got, it's brilliant. So many people have come to us with great ideas for stuff to do- whether its holding a stall, making some bunting or hosting a treasure hunt. 

Is there is a strict NO MENTION OF THE WEDDING policy - What happens if Beatrice and Eugine try and get stuck in?
There's not a strict NO WEDDING policy as such- there may be the odd nod to it here and there but that's not the focus, it's about celebrating the Northern Quarter community.

What can people expect from the event?
They can expect a great atmosphere, music, food, swing dance lessons, a fashion show, craft workshops, vintage, gifts and arts stalls, a cake competition, tombola, treasure hunt, 'pimp my teatowel' stall and loads more!

We hear there will be ration books? Please explain.
There'll be ration books with info about the event and coupons for local businesses.

Is this a one off event? Plans for more street parties in the future?
Yes we'd like this to be just the start. We hope to make this an annual event and run it every year in the summer. Watch this space!

Roxanne Nejad

PS We can reveal that Me&Yu have created a LIMITED EDITION Royal Wedding Souvenier t-shirt which will be available on the day - we're printing them this week and will reveal our take on the special day soon x 

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