Whats On - Love Camden
Camden events, exhibitions, arts and culture.
Roundhouse Poetry Collective
Hear from the freshest voices in poetry!
Roundhouse Poetry Collective Live presents an exciting evening of performances from the current Roundhouse Poetry Collective.
Hosted by poet, playwright, novelist, and Roundhouse Poetry Collective lead tutor, Cecilia Knapp.
- Sana Elwakili
- Noah Jacob
- Lola Oseni
- Isabelle Clarke
- Ella Dorman-Gajic
- Benin Khalil
- George Duggan
- Tife Kusoro
- Francis Mukiibi
- Arun Jeetoo
Resolution Festival 2022
Resolution, the most anticipated event of The Place’s calendar returns!
This year 66 artists across 22 nights showcase bite-size premiere performances at London’s boldest dance theatre. Each night upends perspectives of what choreography is and gives you a chance to experience anything from captivating contemporary dance and quirky puppetry, to bold hip hop and awe-inspiring contortionism.
Resolution has been spotlighting emerging choreographers for over 30 years with internationally acclaimed artists such as Kate Prince MBE, Botis Seva, Jasmin Vardimon and Wayne McGregor CBE, all making their first steps into professional choreography through the festival.
Don’t miss the ultimate pick ‘n’ mix festival of live theatre!
Somerstown Community Festival
After a two-year break due to the pandemic, Camden’s biggest street party returns.
Everyone is invited to this fantastic free festival, run by the community, for the community. There’ll be a market, funfair, homemade street food, film screenings, street theatre, live spoken word and music performances and more. If you haven’t been before, you’re in for a treat, and if you have then you’ll already know how good it is. (details to follow)
(Image from The Somers Town Festival Facebook)
Regent’s Park – Fantasy Terraces and Secret Gardens
On this walk, led by Camden Guides Richard Cohen and Jo Wilkinson, we will see the most beautiful Nash Terraces on the Outer Circle and their gardens as well as Lasdun's mid-century masterpiece at the Royal College of Physicians with its displays of medicinal and poisonous plants.
We will visit a serene and hidden garden in the Inner Circle. We will hear about Prince Regent's grand scheme to make London the most magnificent city in Europe. We will look at how the buildings, gardens and open spaces of Regent’s Park act to enhance our lives.
Come and celebrate the best of British Asian culture with live music, arts and crafts, food stalls and a funfair.
Now in its 30th year, Camden’s annual Mela brings a feast of sights, sounds, smells and tastes to Coram’s Fields. There’ll be bazaars, folk troupes, traditional and contemporary music and dance, and plenty of free family activities for the kids.
Ever wondered about the origins of the word ‘Mela? It’s a Sanskrit word for ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’. It’s used across South Asia for gatherings of all sizes. Traditionally, it means ‘Village Fair’.
York Rise Street Party
The biggest annual block party in town, with music, food and drink, stalls, theatre and art.
Every year, York Rise and Dartmouth Park Road come to vibrant life with stalls, music, theatre and more. It’s the biggest annual neighbourhood get together in NW5, and everyone’s invited.
Lily van der Stokker: Thank You Darling
Camden Art Centre presents the first institutional solo exhibition in London by Lily van der Stokker, one of the Netherlands’ most celebrated contemporary artists.
The exhibition will bring together a group of works made by van der Stokker between 1989 and 2021, which address ideas of society, home, friendship, work, finances, illness and care; as well as speaking to this extraordinary contemporary moment. While some works have previously been realised in other contexts and spaces, others are presented across Camden Art Centre’s galleries for the first time. The exhibition will also include a number of original drawings on paper and works on canvas produced over the last 30 years.
Van der Stokker draws her images with an exacting care and precision, configuring them against one another for the specifics of each space, before scaling them up and executing them directly onto the gallery walls. Her monumental wall paintings – with their distinctive colour palate and highly decorative motifs, including flowers, clouds, patterns and curlicues – play on apparently clichéd stereotypes of femininity, but her work has a depth and toughness that belies its saccharine aesthetic. For more than 30 years she has immersed herself in the supposedly mundane material of everyday life, taking seriously the intricacies of the small, the personal and the overlooked, while at the same time forging a radical feminist practice in a language she has made entirely her own. Behind its apparent softness and sincerity – once described as ‘so sweet it can kill’ – her work remains both provocative and radical.
Hampstead Summer Festival Family Garden Party
Fun for all the family in the lovely grounds of Keats House.
Let us entertain your kids with rhyme-time, face painting, art activities, a birds of prey demonstration and a giant chess set, while the adults relax and enjoy tea, cake and the wine bar on the lawn.
A Hampstead Summer Festival event, raising funds for Keats Community Library and Hampstead School of Art. Free entry.
Hampstead Summer Festival
This year’s festival features five events in the beautiful grounds of Keats House. It all starts with Picture the Heath on Sunday 19 June...
The festival kicks off on 19 June when budding artists aged 16 plus are invited to come and Picture the Heath. Run by Hampstead School of Art, finished artworks will go on display at Art Fair Day on Sunday 3 July.
Next up there’s a double header of free fun on the weekend of 25-26 June. On the Saturday, from 2-5pm, it’s the Keats Grove Community Festival. This series of large-scale murals on canvas will celebrate our local creative communities in a gallery without walls.
Sunday brings the Family Garden Party, 2-5pm. There’ll be storytelling, art activities, a giant chess set, tea, cake and a wine bar, plus a birds of prey display!
Finally, on Saturday 2 July, there’ll be two outdoor performances of The Taming of the Shrew at 1pm and 5pm. Don’t miss this family-friendly rendition of Shakespeare’s classic Elizabethan love story.
Following the success of last year’s launch event, the fabulous Fitzrovia Fete returns for a second year.
Fitzrovia Fete is the brainchild of Emily Baker and Jack Fawdry who run Pollock’s Toy Museum, the oldest toy museum in the country.
Once again, the streets will be closed to motor traffic, becoming a playground to delight adults and children alike. Expect street games, Punch and Judy, a magic show, free craft workshops, toy theatre and live music. There’ll also be local food stalls selling all sorts of stuff including homemade cakes and cups of tea.
For ten days, Bloomsbury’s streets, parks, galleries, museums and academic institutions will host around 100 arts, science, and culture events.
Since 2006, Bloomsbury Festival has brought an incredible mix of arts, culture and science events to this vibrant quarter every October.
This year’s festival theme is Breathe. Events will focus on our sense of wellbeing, environment and air quality, while also covering self-expression and freedom of speech.
The packed programme includes performance, music, outdoor installations, theatre, exhibitions, tours and talks, and a Discovery Hub for schools and families.
If you’d like to take part in the 2022 festival, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Image from Bloomsbury Festival Facebook
‘Rooted Beings’ invites you to embark on a meditative reflection on the world of plants and fungi.
The exhibition considers what we might learn from plant behaviour, and the impacts of colonial expeditions on the exploitation of natural resources and indigenous knowledge.
You’ll see botanical archives from Wellcome Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew displayed alongside works by artists Gözde İlkin, Ingela Ihrman and Joseca, with new commissions by Patricia Domínguez, Eduardo Navarro, RESOLVE Collective and Sop.
Open Studios at Kingsgate Workshops - Art, Craft & Design
Meet the makers, find out more about their unique practices and take a peek into their creative workspaces; buy beautiful artworks and design pieces directly from the artists; and get involved in the weekend’s programme of hands-on workshops and performances.
We're so excited to welcome you to our quirky old building in leafy West Hampstead. Bursting at the seams with creativity, whether you're a frequent visitor or never been before, there'll be so many new things to see; from delicate silks to solid wood furniture, oil paintings to video and performance works, functional ceramics to contemporary sculpture, jewellery, book arts and more.
And of course, the work is only the half of it! This is a chance to see beyond the final product; to witness the creative process and engage with the makers themselves.
For the full list of exhibitors, and for more information, please visit our website
Highgate Fair In The Square
This free ‘village fair’ includes a dog show, sheep shearing, stilt walkers, fairground rides, stalls, and fun family activities.
The ever-popular Fair in the Square is run by volunteers and attracts around 10,000 visitors every year. Come along and have fun with family, friends and the wider community.
It’s also a chance to highlight local businesses and groups, with around 140 stalls along Pond Grove and South Grove.
Highlights include a dog show, fairground rides, a Children’s tent, plus music and dance performances on the Pond Square stage.
The Times described it as a ‘village fair in the heart of London’. What better way to spend a summer afternoon?
Enjoy free live music from up and coming performers at lunchtimes on the last two Thursdays and Fridays in August.
Once again, Small Green Shoots, a local creative consultancy is working with Urban Partners to support talented young artists and musicians.
Each day the sessions will feature three different performers, who’ll each play half hour sets at 12.30, 1pm and 1.30pm.
Since 2017, UPshoots has brought new music to new audiences and helped launch the careers of Mullally and Etta Bond.
We’ll update this page with more details as soon as we have them. Meanwhile, put the dates in your diary, so you don’t miss out on this feast of fresh musical talent.
(Image from Small Green Shoot's Facebook)
Day of the Dead: A celebration of life
Dia de Muertos is one of the most important religious holidays in Mexico. This festival is a unique opportunity to come and experience this Mexican tradition in central London.
The packed programme provides a veritable feast for the senses with Mexican arts and crafts, food, live Mariachi music and dance. There’ll also be ofrendas (offerings for the dead), films, poetry, presentations, literature, face painting and family workshops.
The piazza will host an installation of Corn, poetry, book exchange and sale, face painting and other surprises. And if you’ve never experienced an authentic Mexican Market, on Ossulston Street you’ll find over 40 traders bringing the Best of Mexico in the UK.