- Do you know your neighbours?
- Do you wish your street was a bit friendlier?
- Do you get a bit awkward when you spot those that live next door but can’t remember their name?
- Artist and broadcaster Scottee is looking for one street in Leeds to nominate itself as the loneliest street in the city!
A highlight of this year’s biennial Compass Festival in Leeds is Would Like To Meet: from Scottee, a public project that will get neighbours talking. Taking place between 16-24 November, events are entirely free to the public. Scottee begins his search via a call out that is launched this today (Thursday 12 July 2018).
After 30 years of living on a council estate and moving into a terraced house, for the first time Scottee has found himself isolated from his neighbours. Responding to this he has created Would Like to Meet – a simple but bold approach to addressing urban isolation. Scottee will work with one residential road in Leeds and ask those who live there about the sort of people they would like to meet. Scottee will then place estate agent style placards outside each house, encouraging neighbours to kick start conversations with each other, to find shared values and hobbies.
Commissioned by Compass Festival, Scottee will work with the street, aiming to get folk talking, saying hello and hopefully turning the loneliest street in Leeds into the happiest street in the city!
To nominate your street, drop Scottee a line with your name, postcode, a few words about why you think your street could do with being a bit more neighbourly to email@example.com
This post was written by Anna Goodman