Direct from the streets . . .

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Streetland, Govanhill’s festival of creativity and the street, returns for a third consecutive year to pick up where the party left off last year.

It features workshops, activities and exhibits from emerging and established artists, an exclusive musical showcase opening event, a specially programmed outdoor cinema finale with street games, storytelling, sound installations and and a whole host of exciting community-art based happenings.

This year’s Streetland promises to be a fantastic event to build on the popularity of last year, which attracted over 400 people.

Streetland 2012 aims to liven up the streets and back lanes of Govanhill — centred in and around Westmoreland Street — while celebrating the diverse cultures that exist in the area and make up the community as a whole.

This year’s main festival, which runs over May 4 and 5, themes are based around the universal appeal of music, food and cinema. Three things that make life special, three things that represent the passions and interests of Govanhill’s community.

Highlights include an opening event at Westmoreland St Gardens curated by Streetland in conjunction with the Glad Café, a Baby Disco party and the grand finale cinema event, Govanhillywood!

This year, Streetland also plays host to festival mascot, The Phantom Stag, a mesmerising large-scale puppet who will guide attendees and festival goers from one event to the next throughout the Friday and Saturday of the festival.

Streetland is organised by local people and supported by Govanhill Baths Community Trust, The Chalet, Southside Studios, Govanhill Residents groups and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, South East Integration Network, South East Arts Network.

For more details go to www.streetland.net, contact Andy McColgan on 07842 796 857 or Natalie Davidson on 07920 729 391 or e-mail streetlandinfo@googlemail.com.