Mark it in your diaries; this year’s Urban Virtual Fete, is being brought direct to you, wherever you are!

Gilles Peterson I Greg Belson I Robert Elms talk I Voga
Land of a Thousand Dances I Powerhouse Gospel Choir I Interactive Workshops

Greenwich Peninsula will be inviting you, your family and friends, into the fold of its creative community as they celebrate Urban Virtual Fete, the start of an exciting summer series of virtual events for local residents, virtual visitors, families and the wider community’.

Curated by Hemingway Design, Urban Virtual Fete (see what we’ve done there?) sees the event bring together a mighty fine line-up of music, art, dance, craft, talks and workshops - plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Powerhouse Gospel Choir will present Sunday Service, an up-lifting start to the programme via a pre-recorded, carefully curated setlist aiming to bring together communities. It’ll be a super special opening to the online event and make us feel as though we’re right there alongside each other!

Headline acts will see Gilles Peterson performing two sets, including for the first time a back to back set with the world’s undisputed ‘Don of gospel’, Greg Belson, live from LA for a unique and eclectic blend of gospel, house and disco not to be missed.

“This will be the first time I have played at a virtual fete, so am very interested to see how it goes. I love a new challenge.” Gilles Peterson

Land of 1000 Dances will be with us again this year for an unmissable show, teaching four different dances throughout the session. Forget your inhibitions and dust off your party-wear as we’ll be live streaming and giving you the opportunity to showcase your dance moves, the best costumes and general exhibitionism in all your finery. So log-on, get involved and get moving!

Join in with our exercise experts, House of VOGA, with their yoga and vogueing dance fusion, set to nostalgic 80’s classics - grab whatever neon lycra you have lying around and show us what you’ve got.

Robert Elms, BBC Radio London DJ and broadcaster will be with us in conversation with Wayne Hemingway MBE discussing “What now for creative independents?” and “What do we want post COVID-19 London be like?” The interactive session welcomes questions and comments from viewers, so join us for what is sure to be an interesting and varied discussion as always.

Get crafty with back to back (no fuss) workshops - use what you have at home with household items and back of the kitchen cupboard ingredients, transforming them into something spectacular.

Urban Village Fete was born from the desire to support and champion a broad array of over 100 incredible independent traders so although this year we’ll be virtual; we’re still committed to championing all of our wonderful and unique companies. Urban Virtual Fete will be providing a platform to shine a light on all of our independents throughout the day via our platform so do check out the names showcased, browse their brilliant products and treat yourself whilst supporting the independent businesses that so need our help right now.

Our previous events have generated in excess of £260,000 for local businesses and the community so let’s keep up the good work!

“We’re delighted to be bringing the Urban Virtual Fete to life for our community at Greenwich Peninsula, and beyond, as we mark the start of our virtual summer series. We’re immensely proud of the resourcefulness of those who have worked with us to reimagine a much-loved event, at a time where digital connectivity is just so important. The creative spirit of Greenwich Peninsula today runs stronger than ever and we invite everyone to join in the fun, wherever they may be.”

Kerri Sibson, Greenwich Peninsula.
“This would have been the 7th edition of The Urban Village Fete set amongst the ever-evolving places and spaces of the Greenwich Peninsula. We know it’s one of the favourite Sundays of the year for tens of thousands of Londoners (not to say the Greenwich Peninsula and HemingwayDesign teams) and we have a lot to live up to with the Urban Virtual Fete. We’re going to give it a go but as always we need everyone to play their part . Whilst it’s been great over these past years enjoying those sunny May Sundays outdoors on the Peninsula, I’m quite looking forward to seeing the Urban Village Fete community’s front rooms as they try out the twerk, floss, shimmy or watusi during the Land of A Thousand Dances hour, and seeing a few thousand people doing Voga should be interesting. I must say that I am especially looking forward to the Greg Belson / Gilles Peterson link between LA and London - I’m so excited that we’ve managed to make this collaboration of two huge talents happen across the Atlantic.”
Wayne Hemingway, Hemingway Design.

Full line-up schedule:

12.00 – 12.30pm – Performance (Powerhouse Gospel Choir)
12.30 - 13.30pm - Sunday Lunch DJ Set (Gilles Peterson + Greg Belson)
13.30 – 14.30pm Interactive Family Friendly Element (House Of Voga)
14.30 – 15.30pm Family Friendly Workshops (2 X Creative Workshops)
15.30 - 16.30pm Panel/Talk Discussion (Robert Elms & Wayne Hemingway)
16.30 - 17.30pm Interactive Music & Dancing (Land Of A Thousand Dances)
17.30 - 19.00pm Main Set (Gilles Peterson)

Surely no more persuasion needed to come and join in the fun - we’ll see you on screen soon.....!

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