Looking to hire something different for your event? Are you looking for something to really impress your guests? Our Street entertainers could be your answer! In this latest blog we talk you through some inspirational ideas that bring the festival vibe to weddings, corporate events and private parties.
Who can resist the sights and sounds of a street festival - no wonder Rio goes carnival-crazy every year! Now you can experience the same excitement, colour, spectacle and entertainment as part of any type of event, inside or out, summer or winter. We asked some of the most popular street entertainers on our rota how they would bring the flavours and atmosphere of festivals and carnival to three types of event; a wedding, a corporate event and a private party.
1. Wonderful Weddings
Start the festival theme right from the start, with stilt walkers or living mannequins greeting your guests as they arrive for the reception. Stilt Walkers Galore can provide performers in almost any costume or character you wish;
Our talking character stilt walkers can fit into your wedding party theme or style, from cool suited doormen and security guards to drink-serving waiters and even a trio of not-quite-so-heavenly angels!
Turn your drinks reception into a talking point with Living Tables - where the table does the talking! Superb entertainers stand in the middle of a table to serve and entertain your guests. Living tables make a stunning centre piece for any wedding reception, and can match any theme, or colour scheme you wish.
For that irresistible street festival vibe at your wedding, ditch the disco and think salsa and samba instead! The Brazilian Carnival Dancers can entertain with a 20 minute fully choreographed and costumed show that gets guests talking - and dancing too.
Our dance performance with a Latin twist creates something stylish, memorable and totally different for your wedding reception, and afterwards our dancers will teach your guests some snazzy moves of their own!
2. Cracking Corporate Events
Bringing the amusement and unexpected feel of street theatre and festival entertainment to any corporate event helps create both buzz and excitement from the moment your guests arrive. Have a living mannequin or living statue hand out delegate badges, or a mime artist mingle with the crowd and gently herd them into the first lecture or key speaker with skill and humour. Mime Artists Inc explain how:
Our mime artists provide so many special comic moments that are particular to just a few guests. These really help break the ice at corporate events with fast-paced humour that has no language barrier!
Serve up a surprise to guests with light up living tables laden with a reception cocktail or tasty hors d'oevres, or mini desserts, but remember, living tables are not just for food and drink. The performers can serve up anything from brochures to goodie bags, making them ideal shows and exhibitions as well as social events.
If you really want to get your corporate guests moving, especially at a dinner or after a long day of presentations, you need the foot-tappin' sound of Latin America. A Latin & Brazilian dance workshop by Brazilian Carnival Dancers will get everyone involved.
For corporate events, learning some new steps and spins is a great way to encourage interaction and foster team building, whilst having fun too.
And if your boss thinks it's hard juggling everything he/she has to do and keep a sense of humour, then Comedy Juggler Jon will show how it's really done. A professional juggler can literally show business people just how hard it is to keep everything in the air at once, and entertain at the same time.
3. Party Vibes For Private Parties
With a festival feel to your private party, guests can't help but have a good time! And what's more, all those good ideas listed above for weddings and corporate events will work equally as well at your private party, if not better!
Stilt walkers, living tables, mine artists, jugglers - they all have cross-generation appeal, making them idea for family, anniversary and birthday parties alike. You can also add in other acts that appeal to your own hobbies and interests, such as football juggling specialist Rupert Sebastian. You'll be in good company too!
Thanks to my skill at juggling five footballs (a rare skill), I've performed alongside Kylie Minogue, Jooles Holland, Will Young and on tour with S Club 7. I genuinely love entertaining at private parties when I can see the looks of sheer enjoyment and delight on guest's faces!
If you really want to go for the full festival feel, think carnival. Invite guests to dress up, serve exotic cocktails served by professional mixology bartenders, and get ready for the highlight of the evening, the music and dancing. The Brazilian Carnival Dancers know just the way to get that Latin vibe going:
The latest craze sweeping America is La Hora Loca, or the Crazy Hour, and now it's here in the UK. It's the most energetic, amazing and entertaining hour for all guests, when our dancers make a spectacular entrance in full costume and transform your party in a festival of fantasy and celebration.
Start The Carnival With Alive Network
If you want to create a festival feel for your event, the team here at Alive Network are always happy to help with ideas for other festival favourites from steel bands to medieval fools (like Patch - A Right Royal Fool), staging and PA to firework displays. Just call us to discuss your requirements.