With the arches sold, you might imagine that Zap personnel had little to do in 1998, but nothing could be further from the truth. With support from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England, they were extremely busy unrolling the first co-ordinated programme of street theatre in the UK.
The National Street Arts Festival was a three-year programme designed to capitalise on the excitement of six existing highly successful festivals â€?Streets of Londonâ€™, â€?StreetFeast in West Midlandsâ€™, â€?Streets of the South Westâ€™, â€?Streets of the Southâ€™, â€?Streets of Brightonâ€™ and â€?Streets of the East Midlandsâ€™. Whilst expanding the national and international programme by encouraging extra participation and involvement from partners and funders, the Festival was also commissioning new work and organising further educational events and activities.
As Festival Director, Dave Reeves explained at the time, â€śContinental Europe has embraced Street Arts for many years, while in Britain this artform is beginning to â€?come of ageâ€™. The National Street Arts Festival will offer astonishing and accessible creativity to millions of people across the country, working alongside existing festivals and organisations.â€ť
> Zap Gala
> 4th Streets of Brighton
> Dance into the Brighton Festival
> Honey Club
> 3rd Darlington Festival
> 3rd Streets of the East Midlands
> 6th Streets of London
> 4th Streets of the South
> 4th Streets of the South West
> 1st Streets of the North
> 4th StreetFeast
> 2nd Tunbridge Wells Winter Street Festival
> Pussycat Club