Street festival plans developing fast

Plans are progressing and ideas developing for the third annual May-Day street festival, organised by Shrewsbury entertainment venue and youth arts charity, the Hive. The annual event will be taking place on Belmont in the heart of the town centre and the primary aim is to offer a FREE fun-day for local people.

This year's event follows on from the successes of events held over the last 2 years, which have seen hundreds of people from the community join forces in celebration and for a good old-fashioned style knees-up.

On May 6th between 2pm and 6pm, the Hive is intending to host their next street party to build on the particular popularity of last year's event. There will be live performances from local musicians, creative workshops for young people and families, street performers, a Henna artist, lots of creative activities and many stalls. It's hoped that other attractions on offer for visitors will include Taiko drumming, percussion, crafts, a DJ and even a bag-piper - plus Shropshire Cat Rescue will be making an appearance with a very special guest too!

Local traders form an important part of the community event and this year is no exception. Assisting with the day are Bright Owls language school, Salop Medical Services, Iddys Ices, Eat-Up, DASH Disability Arts, We Are Frostfire, Hennacat and Severnside Housing. This is in addition to the Shrewsbury Town Centre Residents Association, Slugworthes Candy, Severn Magazine, Jim Hawkins, Chris the Piper, Shropshire Cat Rescue and Battlefield Printing Group. The event is supported in part through Shropshire Council by Local Joint Committee funding.

Habib Malik-Mansell of the Hive said "Our 2012 street party was a great day for all who participated and we hope that 2013 will be even better for all involved. Early indications are that this year's event really will be a spectacular festival for local people to enjoy and we're grateful to the numerous businesses and organisations who are already getting involved and helping support the day, which aims to provide a fun day for the whole community".

Any businesses, organisations or individuals who wish to register interest in the street festival on May 6 are invited to contact the Hive by emailing [email protected] or calling 01743 234970. For more information visit