If you’re in London next Saturday, head on down to the Queen of Hoxton for Artival, an art festival to support SHP, a homelessness charity.


Here’s what the Artival people are saying:

Artival is a one-day arts festival to promote social inclusion and prevent homelessness in London.

The event is hosted by homelessness charity SHP to celebrate use of the arts’ to develop confidence and enable expression. It is the climax of an urban arts project involving Matt Small, Carrie Reichardt and other leading urban artists who have been using their skills to include clients who are usually excluded from opportunities to create and be heard.

Artival brings together leading musicians, painters, mosaicists, performance poets, comics, dancers and a host of other artists, all of whom recognise that art is a vital tool for empowering and including marginalised people in our communities.

The festival will be buzzing from 12-6pm, so arrive early to make sure you get in. There are four floors of art and performance to explore, as well as a BBQ and the extensive Queen of Hoxton bars.

  • Basement: Urban art cave
  • Floor 1: London’s leading musicans and comedy stars
  • Floor 2: Launch of a youth led social enterprise supported with very special surprise DJ guests.
  • Roof top terrace: live painting and mosaic sessions, Jerk chicken BBQ, chill out

The Line Up:

Musicians: Speech Debelle, Rubicks, Betty Steeles, Floetic Lara

Artists: Matt Small, Carrie Reichardt, Mark Wydler

DJs: Gael la Gosse, DJ Slasher

Animation and film: Unballanced, Jemal mahamed

Comedians: Barnaby Thompson, Anthony Miller, Daniel James, Kenny Campbell, Danny Hurst, Jonny Melamet, Boyce Bailey, Max Turner, Jenny Lockyer, Gwilum Argos, Brad Zimmerman, Pete Hall, Aaron Shakespeare

Story Teller: Craig Jenkins

About SHP

SHP was set up 30 years ago to support vulnerable homeless people in London. Today we work with more than 2,000 people each year, providing a wide range of accommodation and support services to help those facing homelessness and chronic social exclusion.

Our clients’ needs are diverse and our work reflects that.

Working across 13 London boroughs, we provide support services to some of the capital’s most vulnerable people including substance misusers, offenders, those with mental ill health, care leavers and other young people at risk.

For more about SHP visit