InTRANSIT festival set to rock London in July

Free Running, Underground Rivers and the Largest Street Theatre:  The Sixth InTRANSIT Performance Arts Festival moves you in every way this July

Over 25 arts events on and around the streets of Kensington and Chelsea

Festival launched 14 July by turning Portobello Road into an entire street theatre.

Illusionistic 3D street art, new promenade commissions.

Major arts festival from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Culture Service

Most events are FREE. Tickets and full listings: www.rbkc.gov.uk/intransit

InTRANSIT is a festival taking place this July and this is the sixth year in which the festival is running. It sees contemporary art from across the UK as well as the rest of the world brought to the streets of London. Various parks and hidden spaces in Kensington and Chelsea are going to be involved with the festival which is running through the entire month. Most of the events that are part of the festival do not attract a charge.

One of the most notable events is going to take place as part of the festival is going to be on 14 July. This is the Portobello Road Arts Day. This event takes place on one of London’s most famous streets and it is sure to be an incredible occasion. A huge stage is going to be erected which is going to host a large amount of street theatre which will include cabaret, puppet shows, dance and music performances.

InTRANSIT is programmed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in association with leading arts organisations, including Chelsea Theatre, Hide&Seek and ReThinking Cities.

InTRANSIT highlights [full listings below] include:

Portobello Square, Tavistock Road transformed by famous 3D street artist Edgar Mueller (on site from 9 July) and unveiled on 14 July as a culmination to Portobello Road Arts Day.

Artists Louise Ashcroft and Fritha Jenkins lead a procession of artists and visitors from Paddington Basin to the Chelsea Embankment for Vessel– a newly-commissioned site-specific work – as they follow the lost River Westbourne. Canal water, holy water, lake water, fountain water, designer bottled water; each source of the river will be reflected upon by an artist, musician or academic whose practice relates to its site. Revellers are invited to join the procession and help with the filling and carrying of the vessel.

RBKC Parkour – an interactive first-person game featuring film material shot over Kensington and Chelsea’s rooftops by freerunner Karen Palmer.

Join Hide&Seek for Sandpit at Holland Park – an afternoon of new games designed by artists, musicians, writers and more. Hide from your rivals, plot with your friends, or take part in a competitive picnic. The games will be all about spectacle and movement, so expect processions, performance, frantic bolting-about for the energetic, thinking games for the cerebral, and walking games for the more sedate.

RBKC Bikeminded and InTRANSIT festival team up with the Exquisite Folly Theatre to create an Alice in Wonderland-themed bike tour around the Borough – with a dark twist.

Cllr Nick Paget-Brown, Cabinet  Member with responsibility for the arts, says:

“This year’s InTRANSIT Festival provides fresh experiences and encounters with some of the Royal Borough’s most recognised and hidden spaces through the work of local and international artists and performers.  The Festival is an integral part of the Borough’s on-going culture service programme and our commitment to the role arts and culture have to play in making Kensington & Chelsea one of the best places to live, work and visit.”