Music and dance at Exeter Street Arts Festival 2019

PUBLISHED: 15:49 09 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:53 12 August 2019

Dancers from Urbanflow promoting the Street Arts Festival. Picture: Jorbein Photography

Dancers from Urbanflow promoting the Street Arts Festival. Picture: Jorbein Photography

Jorbein Photography

Giant kangaroos on bouncing stilts, live music and dance performances and a family 'rave' come to the streets of Exeter on Saturday, August 24.

Giant kangaroos on bouncing stilts, live music and dance performances and a family 'rave' come to the streets of Exeter on Saturday, August 24.

The Exeter Street Arts Festival (ESAF) will provide a day of free entertainment around the city centre.

It is organised by the non-profit group Music In Devon Initiative (MIDI),

Projects manager Marina O'Shea said:

"All the team here are extremely excited about the festival this year.

"We are looking forward to showing the city what ESAF has to offer and celebrating local talent alongside international acclaimed artists; really putting Exeter on the map and having the biggest and best celebration of all things Street Arts.

"Our artists involved have been sending us in videos and posts of their own preparations in the lead-up to the festival.

"Our youngest band, The Mighty Meteors, who are aged nine to 11, were out busking on the streets of Exeter last weekend as their practice leading up to the day, and attracted massive crowds."

Among the world music performers will be Modou Ndiaye, a member of the Cissokho family of Griot musicians from Southern Senegal, who will be playing in Princesshay.

The Cuban/Latin band La Juega will be performing in the High Street.

There will also be a performance of magic, comedy and a very original snake charming routine by the Indian magician character Jaardu.

The day's entertainment will be followed by a ticketed concert and party at Exeter Phoenix, from 8pm until 3am. MIDI says this event will showcase the very best of national and international acts, and will be headlined by the reggae star Yellowman. Tickets are £20 and available from the Phoenix website or box office 01392 667080.

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