- Annual community festival will now be a huge community radio get together
- Celebrity contributions from Olympic medallist Tom Daley and BBC Radio 4’s Martha Kearney
- Nine hours of radio, featuring music, theatre, comedy, and stories from across the community
- Bringing together key workers, local businesses, charities and neighbourhood groups
- A virtual dog show, a virtual bake-off and a whole host of entertainment.
- Broadcast live across multiple local radio stations
Bankside Open Spaces Trust’s (BOST) iconic community festival, The Great Get Together, will be returning with a twist: as part of the nationwide ‘Great Get Together’, inspired by the late MP Jo Cox, the annual street party in Borough, SE1 (Central London) for 12,000 people will now be bringing people together (virtually) as a wireless weekend on radio and online.
For the last three years, BOST has been working with the Jo Cox Foundation and the local community to produce an amazing street party, bringing people together and raising awareness of the area’s green open spaces. With the prospect of the event being cancelled because of the Covid–19 pandemic, and having already enlisted the help of many participants, Bankside Open Spaces Trust is moving the party on–line and on–air instead.
This year’s event will still go ahead, on the same date and at the same time, thanks to the traditional format of RADIO. Listeners can tune in from the comfort of their living rooms, kitchens or gardens, without breaking any social distancing rules!
Presented by radio hosts George Allowit and Mirella Kumbi, BOST’s Great Get Together ‘On Air’ will celebrate our global community and highlight the rich diversity of our history and contemporary life.
BOST will be taking over the airwaves with the generous support of its partners, the locally based radio station Resonance 104.4 FM, and online community stations K2KRadio, all broadcasting simultaneously on the day. BOST’s Great Get Together ‘On Air’ will connect communities across the nation with just a couple of clicks, or a spin on the radio dial. With more stations yet to be announced, the event promises to connect local communities across the country.
Charlotte Gilsenan, CEO of Bankside Open Spaces Trust said, “We have got more in common than we realise, and in these unprecedented times neighbourhoods and communities have united in solidarity. It’s great to announce that this year’s Great Get Together isn’t cancelled, we are just doing things a little differently. We are still giving you the same energy and the best entertainment, just from the comfort and safety of your own home. Giving artists, community groups and businesses a chance to share their work as they would have at this year’s street party”.
Catherine Anderson, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation, said, “The Great Get Together is special every year – but perhaps even more so this year as we all find new and innovative ways to reach out to our friends, neighbours and communities in extremely challenging times. We’re thrilled to support BOST’s imaginative plans to bring their iconic Bankside Get Together to more and more people not just in London but beyond, showing that we can all come together and continue to celebrate Jo’s values, which resonate now more than ever before. “
Make sure you save the date and tune in for this year’s Great Get Together, until then keep safe.
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