Bell Square celebrate 10 years with new set of performances

By Cesar Medina

14th Jun 2024 | Local News

Bell Square’s new programme brings interactive art to Hounslow with Streets Alive! (credit: Bell Square London).
Bell Square’s new programme brings interactive art to Hounslow with Streets Alive! (credit: Bell Square London).

Bell Square's Programme Goes Interactive with Streets Alive! A Mini-Festival of Street Art, Fri 21 and Sat 22 June.

Bell Square, the outdoor arts space in the heart of Hounslow town centre, continues to celebrate ten years of performances with its next event, Streets Alive!

Streets Alive! is a mini-festival of street art, across two days which features three different works: 

  • Public Trust - Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June, 11am – 5pm.
  • Handle With Care - Saturday 22 June, 11am – 5pm. 
  • Prospero on - Saturday 22 June, 11am – 5pm. 

Public Trust examines how true people are to their word (credit: Paul Ramirez Jonas).

Public Trust

Public Trust is a street work that asks the audience: how serious are the promises we make to one another, the vows we take, or the pledges made by our civic leaders?

This interactive artwork asks participants to examine the value of their word in a series of interactive performances that asks the public to vouch for their promises from a vast array of collaterals: taking oaths over sacred or civic texts, swearing over holy objects or materials, calling on a witness, making a 'pinky' promise etc.

As willing participants utter their promises, and then "give their word" in whatever way they see fit, their promises will go up on a large-scale marquee display board (anonymously) for much wider publics to read.

The board will also display other promissory statements culled from that day's news - political promises, the weather report, scientific predictions, promises from popular culture figures, economic forecasts and more. 

Residents can see Handle With Care from Saturday, 22 June, 11am - 5pm (credit: Bell Square Bell Square London).

Handle With Care

Handle With Care by Diana Gadish is a fun forty minute show that plays with simple elements, such as cardboard boxes and papers and uses them with great imagination and humour to highlight the need for everyone to look after each other.

Prospero on Saturday 22 June, 11am – 5pm (credit: Bell Square London).

Prospero 

Prospero by Stalker Teatro is an evolving performance installation that puts collaboration and community centre-stage.

Following the success of their captivating Steli, which featured rainbow coloured 'pick up sticks', Stalker Teatro return with a new and magical playground.

Dive in and the artwork becomes an expression of what connects us as you play your part in assembling this captivating large scale sculpture accompanied by live music.

Watermans' Director, Jan Lennox commented: "Streets Alive! Is a day of interactive fun that celebrates, performance, interaction and engagement and in the case of Paul Ramirez Jonas' Public Trust, asks really important questions about what it means to make public promises." 

Bell Square presents a high-quality programme that is surprising and often challenging.

It says many come back week after week, and this year audiences will be able to experience explosive acrobatics, powerful dance, beguiling theatre, highly skilled circus and mesmerising street performance by artists from the UK, Hungary, Belgium, France, Italy, the USA, Spain and Lithuania. 

To find out more about Bell Square London, click here.

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