On 27 May, the inaugural Soho Flea Market – an unique event in the heart of London. Soho Flea Market closed Dean Street, Soho, London for a day and saw tens of thousands of shoppers enjoy the new music on the stage and the new designers selling their wares along the street . Working with Westminster Council and Soho Estate a spotlight was focused on Dean Street, Soho reconnecting it to its roots as the creative heart of London. In order to engage shoppers artisan street food stalls were included – one of the first events in London to promote new food producers as creative innovators.
City Showcase curated and produced this event including road closures, security, traffic management, health & safety and curation, programming and promotion.
SOHO FLEA MARKET
Sunday May 27th
12pm – 8pm
Dean Street, Soho London
Artisans, artists, fashion designers, jewellery designers, filmmakers and musicians will take part in a unique new event in the heart of London. Soho Flea Market will bring together London’s up and coming creative talent on Sunday 27 May, in support of HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
Between 12pm and 8pm, the historic length and breadth of Dean Street will be closed to traffic and specifically-curated ‘creative market stalls’ will exhibit and sell directly to the public. Organiser City Showcase will host an outdoor stage with new and emerging music and comedy acts performing including Sam Gray, Hudson Taylor, Akayzia and comedian Paul T Eyres.
Flaunting the spirit of fun and innovation, it promises to be a highly entertaining family event in a brilliant iconic location. Participants include acclaimed ceramics designer, Lou Rota; gifts for the people who love art and design, Tenderproduct; luxury organic skincare brand, Skin Bistro; Red Dot design award winner, Rokos; innovative technology and film specialists, Dreammaker Media; unsigned music specialist, Bandwagon; recycled and organic clothing designer, Space1a Design; Spanish artists in London, SAL; ethical, edgy evening wear designer, Yvian; beauty treatment specialist, Filthy Gorgeous; beautiful and fun casual wear, Plane Clothing; Stylish leather bags and accessories, Nette Leather Goods; vintage designs to die for, Syd & Mallory; and unique and bespoke knitted covered furniture maker, Melanie Porter.
Businesses in and around Dean Street will be supporting Soho Flea Market, including Pizza Express, The Groucho Club, The Soho House Group, Dean Street Studios, The French House, Cay Tre, Candy Bar, Toucan, Zenna Bar, Soho Theatre and Blacks, many of whom are hosting special events including art exhibitions, fashion shows and live music including fantastic artists Chloe Cheese, Alan Cox and John White exhibiting at The French House exclusively for Soho Flea Market.
A glamorous, high-end event, Soho Flea Market will be a unique must-go day out in London.
Nanette Rigg, Founding Director of City Showcase added: ‘We are proud of our track record for helping and supporting new talent in the field of music and are delighted to be able to extend our work to showcase all creative talent in one of London’s most iconic streets’.
Co-curator of City Showcase: Soho Flea Market, Karim Ladak (Habitat, Ralph Lauren and now Potassium) said: ‘We’re inviting London’s creative community to come together for one special day in May where we’ll celebrate the capital’s diverse talent in a unique and fun way that also supports up and coming artists.’
Fawn James of Soho Estates, who will be opening the event, said: ‘this vibrant and exciting concept is a fantastic addition to Soho. Soho is about independent and talented creative minds and businesses and City Showcase: Soho Flea Market is the perfect event to showcase the best of what we have to offer to the world.’
Genevieve Edwards, Director of Fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We are thrilled City Showcase has chosen us as charity partner. Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, there has been a great tradition within the creative industries of championing HIV as a cause. We’re delighted to see this support continuing.”
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Lucy Loves This
Maria Helena Spector
SAL – Spanish Artists in London
Space 1a Design
Syd & Mallory
The Illustrated Paper Company
The Spoon Maker
What Comes Around London
Tim Arnold/The Soho Hobo
I am Harlequin
Paul T Eyres
She Makes War
The Blind Hearts