I’ve been looking particularly at how communities can be linked together. How people can be lured from their homes and into the streets of their city. One simple way this has been done is via street parties. As a British tradition this originated as yearly events after the signing of the Versailles peace treaty after world war I in which communities could celebrate together. This also brings in the aspect of the past and present and elements of nostalgia.
The Northern Quarter hosted a street party this year that was particularly successful. It had a huge turnout and various stalls, mainly based around food and drink but along with other novelties, a dog show. These kind of events link members of a community and offer a shared experience. In a large city neighbours may live close by but have never met, street parties and festivals give them the opportunity to do so.