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Streets of Peace Review

| Clubs, Special Events | 14/08/2013

Streets of Peace
From left to right, Chiu Dat, Chris Helme, Glenda Jaxson with East End Promises on the Bottom

The Colosseum night club is home to London’s niche culture with an array of  urban and LGBT club nights. The Streets of Peace aimed to promote peace through “art and positivity”, so this seemed like a culturally rich venue. Inside the main room was a small stage surrounded by a large dance floor. This was scattered with press, who were armed with professional cameras and access all area passes. I hoped that as the night progressed it would get busier, after all Londoners should be supporting an event that promotes peace on their streets.

The Acts

The Soul Mavericks were performing when I arrived. The best way to describe these dancers, would be a mixture of urban street funk like in You Got Served and contemporary break dancing. I don’t use contemporary lightly – there is no other way to describe these young talents as anything but urban and fresh. Throughout the performance it felt like the dancers were battling with an invisible enemy. This seemed to be a lasting metaphor throughout the event, as young people seek to be individual but face opposition from older generations. Streets of Peace aimed to unite people despite the traditional barriers of age, sex and culture. I felt that the Soul Mavericks embodied this message very well. This is street dance at it’s finest.

Next up was Chiu Dat, a Chinese rapper and winner of the Streets of Peace Rap star competition. Like many rappers his lyrics were based on life experiences. Interestedly, he kept referring to his race which suggests that he may have faced prejudice. Chiu Dat is a modern day Mr Wong who has international appeal.

Another notable act was a comedian called Glenda Jaxson. Her set was centred around the failings of men and sexual liberation. Judging by the faces around the room she was funny while shocking with her explicit jokes.

Chris Helme sang an acoustic song which displayed the varied ranged of his voice. Think James Blunt with the edgy sound of Coldplay.

Next I saw was Peter Starker, an established actor and singer. His style was a cross between old school Reggae and soul singer Frankie Beverly. Starker’s performance was theatrical which made me feel like I was watching a play.

The final performance I saw was the East End Promise, who were the winner of The Streets of Peace Rock Star competition.  As an Indie/Rock band they have a unique sound, which changes depending on the song.

Together these diverse acts aimed to showcase their talents and Promote Peace on the Streets.

Atmosphere

The acts were great but there was no atmosphere. The main area was empty and the majority of people were press. There was large gaps between the acts and nothing to do while waiting. There was little conversation and no one was dancing. I was disappointed, as I thought there should have been a greater public presence. The event promoted a good cause, but lacked the crowd to really impart the message to. The club night was 12pm- 3am, but I left early as I didn’t feel I could enjoy an empty club.

Streets of Peace has the potential to be a great event, providing that there are more spectators.

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