Junior Street Festival / Paris / September 11th 2011

The 8th edition of Métiss’age Street Festival – Paris, London and Rome integrating the European Commission’s Culture Programme was launched on this symbolic date and choice of site in the Parc de La Villette being the emblem of cultural democratisation. As one of the main attractions and traditions of the Festival, despite the unfortunate adverse weather conditions, a street painting was organised that transformed into a beautiful aquarel in the rain along side a rich live artistic line up on stage with music, dance, street art and defending good causes.

With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Métiss’age was welcomed to this inescapable site of the capital, which has become the biggest green space of Paris spread over 55 hectare grounds for a breath of fresh air, a space for relaxing and having fun: an example “to live together”. An environment which represents a mixture of cultures, between Paris and its suburbs, the city and nature, art and science … Métiss’age (Mixed races of the Age). The Festival explored our theme “Life in the City” was an unforgettable happening around Street Art stemming from the creativity of all, an opening towards others in an interactive and family atmosphere.

A full day of exciting activities was planned with concerts (Millané Kang, Idriss-el Mehdi, Métiss’age Jazz Quartet starring pianist Quantin Sirjacq, Tigbla, led by Oré Lago with African percussion and dance, Calypsociation with steel drums and Gospel with Hearts of Soul, dance with the Adelente troop) and street arts with a specific highlight on the street painting created under the artistic direction of French Artist Olivier Lannaud, expressing the theme of living together in harmony. The “Métiss’age Village” supported NGO’s such as The Red Cross, Greenpeace, Aide and Action, Handicap International. Our initiative was supported and congratulated by the European Commission, The Ministry of Culture, The Mayor of Paris, the United Nations, UNESCO as well as other institutional partners.

The 8th edition of Métiss’age crossed borders for the first time and then headed for London at Battersea Park followed by Rome in the Children’s Museum Explora.
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Junior Street Festival / London / September 17th 2011

The London Métiss’age Junior Street Festival was organised with our partner Noise of Art, the pioneering immersive music and art organisation and leading creators of multicultural and avant-garde events with the support of the European Commission’s Cultural Programme.
“Métiss’age Junior Street Festival” marked urban cultural diversity and “Life in the City” of London – in association with Trees for Cities.
It took place in Battersea Park during the day and at Village Underground for most of the night.

The Festival featured a Métiss’age interactive street painting that was created by renowned London mural/street artist Miss Led and painted by children from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The painting reflected on the cultural diversity of life in London.
Set in Battersea Park, the day event was intended to look like a traditional village fete that had been moved into the centre of London celebrating street art and urban ecological diversity.
The village scene was only broken by the iconic towers of Battersea Power station, made famous by Pink Floyd’s album Animals – which has the power station on the cover and coincidentally was re-released the following week.

The Noise of Art Métiss’age event took place alongside Tree-athlon, a charity run that raises money to plant trees in inner cities. This perfectly reflected the urban ecological diversity message of Métissa’ge. We also had a live music stage that was powered by Solar energy panels mounted on the roof of a Vintage VW van.
Street artists, stilt walkers, contemporary dancers and folk musicians entertained the crowd during the day.
Money raised at the event was donated to Trees for Cities to plant Métiss’age trees in inner cities.

After the day’s emotion, a Métiss’age Nite took place at Village Underground, one of London’s most respected venues, fusing concerts, DJing and live performances. The event featured internationally renowned musicians Peter Kruder, Ashley Beedle, Si Begg, Ben Osborne and many more acts – as well as surrounding visuals supplied by Your Mum and a performance by contemporary dance troupe, The People Pile.
Some two and a half thousand people attended the event, which was recommended with a prestigious “Critics Choice” by London listings bible “Time Out”.

Junior Street Festival / Rome / October 2nd 2011

In association with our Italian partner Explora, the Children’s Museum in Rome, the street painting activity became a major happening allowing the public to spend an unforgotten afternoon with their families.

Explora has a very rich and solid experience in the creation of pedagogic projects to awaken awareness and teach children about ecology and renewable energy. The museum welcomes more than 130 000 visitors every year with exhibitions, education programs and events which concern more specifically environmental and innovative technologies.

Métiss’age was a huge success where the museum was at its fullest capacity.
The children had an amazing day and the 36 huge paintings still remain exhibited at the Children’s Museum. It was a true collective interactive event and exhibition where everyone could become an Artist for one day. This experience developed a rich intercultural exchange via Métiss’age, gathering children’s artistic activities between Paris, London and Rome.