The street was packed last night and saw a constant stream of inquisitive punters seeking out the roving exhibitions that threaded inside and out of the numerous galleries, restaurants and shops. The Leonard Street Arts Festival was, once again, enjoyed by a large and enthusiastic throng.
Eyre Brothers were doling out generous glasses of Sherry from a table outside their restaurant. Inition had a mindblowing projection of the live street scene filling their window (it had the punters triggering the appearance of three dimensional cartoon animals within it by holding symbols on placards that the camera, somehow, could recognise – if that makes sense). Diptesh the Newsagent was doing a roaring trade selling curries. The Griffin was even more packed than it usually is on a Friday night and offered live music on the pavement. LASSCO hosted a barbeque and raffled a Spitfire tyre to a very enthusiastic winner.
As the light fell the "EC2AV" project was launched by a collective of companies in the street … a huge projection of photographs and film onto the wall above the LASSCO yard, (now taking submissions over the web and projecting most evenings see www.ec2av.com. ).
The night was rounded off with the LASSCO "loading bay" lending itself beautifully as a stage for a wonderful performance from Jackson Scott – a flamenco guitarist from Seville. The sherry-fuelled throng packed into the yard, spilling out into the street, and surrounded by towers of carved masonry and looming statues bayed for more. Jackson provided.