Up our street pop ups
Up Our Street: Pop Ups is an exciting programme of FREE and 'pay what you like' events and activities for 0-25 year olds and the local community across North West Luton.
Since April 2019 we have brought over 7000 young people and their families everything from beatboxing, freerunning, street dance to open mics, drumming, musical theatre. Lego workshops to art workshops, scriptwriting to young artist mentoring.
All this plus our very own Taleshakers storytelling, movement and play sessions for 0-6 year olds, Mums, Dads and carers.
We have hosted BBC Writers, West End Performers, Leading Industry Dance Makers and the very best of our Local Creatives who have all expertly inspired the Next Generation through their workshops.
Up Our Street shares and showcases the arts, talent and creativity of Luton's Next Generation. A chance to celebrate who we are and where we're from #upourstreet #Ibelong
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Recently at Up Our Street...
Our recent instalments of FREE Up Our Street Pop-Up workshops were supported by Luton Rising Event Fund.
We provided free Drama, South Asian Dance, Art, T-Shirt Design and Print Workshops plus African Drumming and Steelpan workshops for young people aged 3-25 and their parents/carers in March and December 2023.
Over 300 members of the Luton community attended the recent events and came together to try new experiences and learn about different cultures and activities for the first time.
were you there?
Your feedback for Up Our Street is valuable to us.
Tell us about your experiences, what activities you'd like us to bring to Luton and where in the local area you'd like us to pop up next!
Complete our short survey at the link below:
Free Offline events for anytime
Below are some activities you can take part in at home for FREE.
Create and share with your community to spread love for our town. It's great because you are in it!
Artist Jason Kandaiah in collaboration with NGYT and Up Our Street has created a series of short Draw-along tutorials for ages 5+ and fun for all the family.
Instructions appear in both English and Urdu.
Supported by Arts Council England
Date: whenever you like
Time: you decide
AKA #MyNeighboursAnArtist launched in 2020 during Lockdown to encourage creativity and connection.
Step out into your garden, open your window, stand on your driveway, take to the stage on your balcony and entertain your neighbours.
You could sing a song, do a dance, recite a poem, play an instrument, exhibit some art and simply share your creativity with your neighbours (at an appropriate time of day of course).
Please film it, if you are able to, share it online and include the #myneighboursanartist
Please make sure you have permission to go online before doing so.
Then nominate 5 more people to have a go too and continue to spread the joy.
If you can't access an online platform or are unable to film it, take comfort in the knowledge a neighbour heard you and you probably made their day.
Date: Whenever you are feeling ready
Time: Not when your neighbours are sleeping...
Our say, Our way - The Online Tour
Calling all young people and their families aged 0-25 years - This is your chance to shape and decide exactly what you want to see next on the Up Our Street programme.
We are offering you the perfect opportunity to have your say, your way. This is your town and this is your time to shape its future.
Share your ideas because this is the place to be heard, where your voices are valued.
We are asking all young people to let us know exactly what you think North West Luton deserves to see next.
Drop us a message on one of our socials (see the handles at the bottom of this page) or email: email@example.com
We'd love to hear your ideas for how we can keep creative online and offline at this time.
Perhaps you are a keyworker or the child of a keyworker, or maybe you work in a school in North West Luton. If this is you, get in touch and perhaps we can arrange a live chat over Zoom and get planning together.
We welcome in-person bookings in your school or community provision and tour across North West Luton.
This free opportunity will provide pupils with a platform to directly influence the planning and bookings of events and opportunities for young people in the local area.
So far we have had the privilege to meet the young people of Chantry, Whitefield and Southfield Primary schools and the community at Leagrave Library.
Date: You tell us!
Time: When works for you?
Location: In Person or Online
(Must be based in North West Luton to qualify)
Book Now / Find Out More: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at this film and feedback (made by the lovely and equally talented Greta) from one of our August Up our Street days where we brought West End Workshops, Beatboxing and Drumming to the young people of North West Luton.
"You're changing lives. No one else around here is bothered. You have made the summer for my child and her friends"
"My daughter can be really shy in a new environment and around new people but here it was lovely to see her do a little performance that she managed to learn in a short time. This will really help build her confidence"
"The people that run Up Our Street are absolutely amazing and really put my daughter at ease"
"I've had the best day ever I don't want to leave"
Taleshaker - aged 5
"You are doing such amazing work and are absolutely incredible humans!"
Annie Southall - Professional Actor and Musical Theatre Workshop Leader for Up Our Street
"Best revision break ever!"
"I feel a really strong community spirit and support system. Even when you leave the town you still feel connected with NGYT #Ibelong"
Georgina Onuorah - NGYT Alumni - Currently studying at Arts Ed.
Musical Theatre Workshop Leader at Up Our Street
"It was a great chance to bond with my Mum"
11 year old
Family Dance Workshop
"This is such a fantastic thing for the young people in these areas. Thank you!"
"It was the best day ever!"
10 year old
Richmond Hill School