THAT’s the way to get people involved in arts

AN arts festival aiming to inspire brought art, dance and music to the streets of Crouch End.

The THAT festival – Town Hall Arts Thing – took place on Saturday for the first time.

It was held in front of Hornsey Town Hall, with residents encouraged to take part in everything from dancing to screen printing and circus skills.

The festival, organised by local artist Julie Beech, was aimed at encouraging people to try different art forms and get involved, as well as giving artists a chance to showcase their work.

Money was also raised for The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Muswell Hill.

Ms Beech said: “What motivates me is to inspire other people.

“I wanted to get really good quality workshop leaders to come along and help people to do these things – and that’s what happened. So it was great.

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“I’m an artist and art workshops leader and I wanted to work on larger projects, bringing different mediums together.

“But also I think the space in front of Hornsey Town Hall is crying out to be used for things like this. So I would sit there looking at it and come up with ideas and what could be done.”

Once the idea was formed, grants from Haringey Council, Collage Arts and the Arts Council and sponsorship from local businesses helped the festival take place.

Six marquees housed art workshops suitable for all ages. They ranged from zoetrope animation, a collaborative wax ‘n’ water mural, 3D collage, knitting a giant tree scarf and a Manga comic masterclass.

With about 800 people visiting over four hours, Ms Beech says she hopes it could become a recurring event.

“I would love to put this on again and the feedback I got was that people would love it to happen every year. So it’s just about whether we could put the funding together again,” she said.