Moment and MonumentMoment and Monument

This evolving contemporary dance work unfurls in three stages in three iconic City locations, The Tower of London, Monument and The Royal Exchange Building, with the audience either witnessing individual stages or following the work from start to finish as it moves from the edge to the heart of the City.

As the performance builds in size, from a quartet of dancers outside the Tower of London to a final large ensemble at the Royal Exchange, so too does its influence and the audience will witness a series of intriguing interplays and power struggles between ensemble and architecture.

Supported by the Mayor of London


The Street Pianos: Keys to the City

Over the past few months, newly formed groups of primary school students and older adults from the City’s surrounding boroughs have worked with Portuguesespeaking musicians Gil Sharp, Roberta Maldonado and Gui Tavares. Each group has perfected a repertoire of songs, some using Portuguese language connecting with our theme of the Portuguese-speaking world, and some chosen and led by participants themselves with guidance and leadership advice along the way. As groups travel into the City for lunchtime performances the Street Pianos become transformed into hubs of musical activity.

With thanks to The London Borough of Lambeth’s Sing Portuguese Project, managed by the Ethnic Minority Achievement Team and Lambeth Music Service, CYPS.

Supported by the City Bridge Trust

Festival Children's Parade

Hundreds of young people from across London come together in the City’s streets to present ecologically inventive art, sculpture, puppetry, dance and music that celebrate the biological diversity of our natural world. Route includes: Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, Poultry, Cheapside, Queen Victoria Street, Watling Street, Paternoster Square, St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard The culminations of two Festival Education projects form a centrepiece for the Parade; Celebrating Biodiversity and Soundtrack. Both promote consideration for the limits of our world and its resources through the use of tons of the City’s recyclable waste as a materials base. Hundreds of plastic bottles and cups, and many other items were sourced directly from over 20 City organisations as well as from the City’s Waste Transfer Station in collaboration with the City’s Street Cleansing and Waste Collection Teams.

The Golden Company

The Golden Company is a social enterprise that provides training to young people in a variety of skills including urban beekeeping, natural cosmetics making and sustainable enterprise. They will be a part of the Festival’s 2010 education work in a number of ways; visit their stall on Hampstead Heath during our Day of Discoveries (see below) or drop into the Barbican Children’s Library on the morning of Saturday 26 June to make your own bee-house to take away. During the Festival, the youth beekeepers will also visit local schools sharing their experiences and leading a selection of bee-themed activities.

Festival Arts AwardMedal

As an additional part of the foundry project, students have designed a City of London Festival 2010 arts award medal, double-sided and cast in bronze which will be presented to several students across various Education projects to acknowledge and encourage their outstanding dedication, progress and quality of work. The Award medal is displayed in Um Mundo Belo: Young Artists’ Exhibition.

Supported by The Worshipful Company of Founders


The Worshipful Company of Founders and City of London Festival bring the history and practice of foundry into secondary schools for a third year. Led by sculptor and former Royal Mint worker Danuta Solowiej, secondary school students have taken design inspiration from the discoveries and adventures of 15th and 16th century Portugal to realise a bronze double-sided medal for exhibition alongside pieces from the Festival’s Jewellery project in Um Mundo Belo: Young Artists’ Exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

Teachers from the City of London Academy, Southwark have been part of an in-service training session giving an understanding of the processes and techniques associated with foundry work and enabling a more hands-on role within student workshop sessions.

Supported by The Worshipful Company of Founders


The 2010 Festival sees the fifth year of this flagship project. Jewellers Petra Bishai, Miranda Falkner and Timothy Carson have guided senior secondary school students to the creation of contemporary pieces of jewellery for a Festival exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery. In line with the Festival’s 2010 theme of the Portuguese-speaking world, this year students have responded to an exploration of Portuguese ceramic and architectural design through their work.

Concert Contact

The Festival continues its ever-expanding Concert Contact programme into a third year. In 2010, this free ticket scheme enables 150 secondary school students and older adults to have wider contact with the artistic programme. Pre-and post-concert talks give a chance to share experiences and learn more about featured composers, musicians, repertoire and wonderful historic venues. Groups can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Supported by the City Bridge Trust

Your TurnYour Turn

In the preceding weeks, young pianists from Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets worked with the Guildhall School musicians, Helen Reid, Michael Goodey and Luke Crookes to explore elements of Chopin’s Nocturnes before creating their own musical response. A high-profile outdoor performance at 6.30pm, at the beginning of the 21 June event saw the première of the new works, played on some of the 21 pianos that featured in the later commission.

Each piece developed used several pianos simultaneously; a rare chance for young people to consider the possibilities of multiple piano composition and performance.

Following the 21 June event, the 21 pianos will move in to the City’s streets becoming 'Street Pianos' for all to enjoy during the Festival. Transcribed versions of the Your Turn compositions were included in a songbook left at each piano for all to discover.

With thanks to The Guildhall School, The Learning Trust Music Service (Hackney), Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service and CEA@Islington


Build an Organ ProjectBuild an Organ Project

Inspired by the restoration of St Michael's Cornhill's magnificent instrument through 2009 and 2010 they created a performance that used visual representations of sound as an animated score and combined with live music. The new work was presented in St Michael's Cornhill in a lunchtime concert within the 2010 Festival.

Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund


Biodiversity MattersBiodiversity Matters

Groups visited one of the areas beautiful gardens accompanied by artist Victoria Turnbull, beekeeper Brian McCallum and two City Gardeners, exploring the space’s characteristics with particular focus on plants and flowers and the interdependent relationship that will be developed between them and our Festival bees. A bee-themed sculptural outcome displayed at 99 Bishopsgate through the course of the 2010 Festival, and displayed at Honey Ceremonies, brought together thoughts about and impressions of each space visited.

Supported by the Wax Chandlers' Company



Using recycled materials collected from the Square Mile students turned what might otherwise appear as waste into musical instruments in a series of workshops led by renowned Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. Students were led through a compositional process by Adriano. Alongside the music, a movement element will embellish and complete the performance.

In collaboration with the City’s Street Cleansing and Waste Collection teams

Supported by the City Bridge Trust


Celebrating BiodiversityCelebrating Biodiversity

Through in-school workshops led by Alice Lodge, Caroline Jones, Fiona Edwards and Katie Barton, tonnes of the City’s recyclable waste was transformed into sculpture, puppetry and costume inspired by features of the natural world.

Movement sessions added the finishing touches to presentations before participants joined hundreds of young people from across London for the Festival Procession.

Following the Procession, some of the work produced was exhibited at St Mary le Bow from Tuesday 29 June to Friday 09 July, by kind permission of the Rector.

The Festival Procession in 2010 took place on Friday 25 June, 12.45 - 1.30 concluding with a spectacular musical finale by Adriano Adewale & Umpatacum at 1.30pm on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

In collaboration with the City’s Street Cleansing and Waste Collection teams. With thanks to Artis Education Supported by the City Bridge Trust


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