Back in August three roads closed to traffic in Kings Heath to allow kids (and willing adults!) to ‘play out’. It’s something associated with a bygone era – all of those street games that were so much a part of our grandparents’ childhoods. A new initiative, called ‘Playing Out’ is trying to create spaces for children to rediscover the art of play – and with it give them opportunities to meet neighbours, form new friendships and to gain a sense of belonging within their own neighbourhoods.
I filmed the event in August for a short promotional film. There is now a large network of people – residents, play organisations, artists – beavering away to make sure that there will be plenty more events like this. The film aims to give others inspiration to get their streets closed. If you are interested then go to www.playingout.net or contact Louise Palfreyman – details at the end of the film.