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Culture Camden Together Music
20th August 11am to 5pm Free

THIS IS…Kilburn

A celebration of Irish heritage in Kilburn with live music, kids’ storytelling, bodhrán workshops, food and drink and more!

The London Irish Centre presents ‘This Is Kilburn’, a community festival taking place on 20th Aug 2022 in Kilburn Grange Park NW6 2JL from 11am – 5pm in partnership with Camden Council. The festival aims to honour Irish migration to the area in the mid-20th century. Kilburn was such a popular destination at that time that it was once known as “Ireland’s 33rd county”. Expect music, storytelling, bodhrán (traditional Irish drum) workshops, food and drink and fun for all the family. Grab your blanket and join us on the 20th August.

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Kilburn Grange Park
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Music Parks
Sunday 20th and Sunday 28thICON: 2pm to 3pm Free

Highgate Proms in The Park

Two weeks to go in the August Summer Proms on Sunday afternoons in Waterlow Park, Highgate.

This Sunday 21 August the Summer Prom sounds a Middle Eastern note with award winning female oud player from Syria, Rihab Azar and percussionist Ant Romero from Spain.  Expect classical and contemporary Arabic music from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia and Turkey with just a dash of flamenco from Spain.

Next Sunday, 28 August is the Proms finale, same place, same time for London Jazz Festival Favourites, The James Akers Trio.

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Waterlow Park, N6/N19, North Shelter, near Sir Sydney
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Community Festival
3rd September 2pm to 9pm Free

Hillview Festival 2022

Set in and around the leafy Victorian Hillview Estate, this free, family friendly street party brings a rich and dynamic programme of live music, dance, puppetry, poetry, circus skills, a community marketplace, drop-in arts and craft sessions along with other exciting performances and activities to the cobbled streets of King’s Cross. 

Our culturally lush festival is packed with an array of amazing local talent including Camden based Cubafrobeat band Lokkhi Terra meets Dele Sosimi; London Bengali musical fusion from Khiyo; a Kerbside Ceilidh with Folk Dance Remixed; fiery Flamenco with La Escuela de Baile; Ska from The Stamford Hill Billy Street Band and so much more!!

The marketplace will include an eclectic mix of stalls offering all sorts of tantalising treats, including taster massage sessions, a variety of food and home-made cakes, arts and crafts, fun and games. 

You’ll also be able to relax with a drink at our festive cabaret bar or enjoy tea and cakes in our courtyard café. 

We just can’t wait to welcome you for a fabulous day out! 

Check our website for programme details and information on how to book a stall.
www.hillviewfestival.co.uk
 

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The Hillview Estate, Whidborne Street, WC1H 8HH
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Camden Together Music Culture
29th October 2022 11am to 9pm Free

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.

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The Story Garden, The British Library, Ossulston Street, NW1 1ET
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Dance Festival Arts
10th August to 21st August Weekdays: 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Family Sundays: 1pm to 6pm Free

Summer Sounds Festival

The electrifying free music festival returns to Coal Drops Yard 10-21 August. This year, the programme features classical, folk, jazz and experimental musicians, alongside an exceptional array of dancers and performers. Expect familiar favourites as well as exciting new acts for you to enjoy. King’s Cross Summer Sounds is produced and directed by Martin Collins and presented in collaboration with Anthony Whitworth-Jones, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Kings Place, Lafayette and Tête à Tête.

Staged in the beautiful outdoor spaces of Coal Drops Yard, join us for a mesmerising 12-day programme of music and performances, including the likes of Paco Peña and Friends, Tacla and the London Community Gospel Choir.

With live concerts every evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and from 1pm to 6pm on ‘Family Sundays’, King’s Cross Summer Sounds is London’s most inclusive free music festival. Check out the full programme here.

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Coal Drops Yard
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Culture Arts Music
14th to 23rd October 2022 Most events are free

Bloomsbury Festival

 

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: director@bloomsburyfestival.org.uk

 

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Store St, South Crescent and Alfred Place Gardens
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Families Camden Together Theatre
19th August 2pm to 3pm Free

THIS IS...… Summer at Scene & Heard

Following a week of Creative Arts Activities for local children age 7 – 11, we will have a sharing of work in our courtyard for Camden families and friends. Free to all.

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Scene & Heard HQ, 128A Chalton Street
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Music Camden Together Performers
27th August 12pm to 8pm Free

THIS IS…Camden's Young Creatives

Bank holiday weekend will see This is… Camden’s Young Creatives host a one-day event showcasing the best of local young talent on Inverness Street.

Camden resident and artist, Awate, will be curating the exciting day. Awate is a rapper from Eritrea weaving together psychedelic melodies and sharp, witty lyrics. Raised in Camden, London; AWATE is a former Roundhouse Resident Artist, and has gained the respect of artists such as Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Idris Elba and Pharoahe Monch as one of the UK's finest writers.

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Inverness Road
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Exhibition Culture News
Open until Sun 21 Aug 2022 Full Price: £16. Members: Free.

Breaking The News

News has the power to make and break elections. Turn everyday people into overnight superstars. And bring them crashing back down to earth.

We base our opinions, decisions and arguments on it. It shapes the world around us – and the way we make sense of it.

But can it ever be truly objective? And is the news you consume the same as everyone else’s?

From the Great Fire of London to #BlackLivesMatter
Explore five centuries of UK news through broadsheets, blogs and objects from our own collection and re-examine era-defining stories close-up.

From reporting on Jack the Ripper to the Profumo Affair. Covert newspapers operating under Nazi suppression. Or political power struggles faced by Margaret Thatcher. And coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire to the war in Syria. Plus chart the rise of social media with fallouts from the celebrity clashes of #WagathaChristie to public outrage in light of the boy on the hospital floor.

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The British Library
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Camden Market Families Activities
Saturdays and Sundays, Until 27th Aug 11am - 6pm Free

Summer At Hawley Wharf

Join us this summer at Camden Market Hawley Wharf, where our canal-side quay will be filled with deckchairs and live music, with a vintage record fair, incredible global food vendors to visit in Waterside Halls, as well as free balloon artists and bubbleologists, entertainers, face painting and glitter artists to keep little ones happy.

Summer at Hawley Wharf runs every weekend until the end of August.

SEE THE FUTURE - 23-24 JULY

Come with us on a journey to another dimension with our futuristic weekend of events. See our cyber-stilt walkers, mirror ball people, and make your own space ship! Tickets now on sale for our giant roaming robot, science crazy show with Sharky & George, and other-worldly VR experience.

FUN OF THE FAIR - 30-31 JULY

It's all the fun of the fair at Camden Market Hawley Wharf this weekend. From an old-school organ grinder, to circus performers and crafting, you're sure to leave with a new skill or two. Look out for tickets to our circus workshop and mesmerising giant bird puppet show

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Camden Market Hawley Wharf
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Culture Camden Together Music
1st October 11am to 7pm Free

THIS IS…Culture

Camden Black Creatives is pleased to announce that we will again be taking part in the Camden Together Season 2022. This year it will be a 1 day event and will celebrate the cultural diversity of Camden and will be held in the heart of Camden Town Inverness Street, on Saturday 1st of October.

The festival will celebrate culture through: Outdoor live Fashion show Live Music Art Food & Drinks Dance Poetry.

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Inverness Road
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Exhibition Top Picks Art
29 April - 18 Sept Tue to Sun: 11am to 6pm, Thur: 11am to 9pm Free

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.

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Camden Art Centre
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Culture Trail Art
Until 31st October Free

The World Reimagined

The World Reimagined will see trails of over 100 large globe structures in seven cities across the UK from 13 August – 31 October 2022. The sculptures will be created by artists to bring to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and invite the public to engage with the dialogue and actions of making racial justice a reality.

 

All artists will create globes responding to the themes ranging from ‘Mother Africa’ and ‘The Reality of Being Enslaved’ to ‘Still We Rise’ and ‘Expanding Soul’. Each globe will enable the public to experience, discover and be inspired by art as well as present the opportunity to be part of the discourse around racial justice and what it means to be British.

Here in Camden, eleven artists have each created a globe in response to this challenge. We hope these artworks will make people think again and spark debate. Let’s talk about our shared history, racial justice, and what it means to be British. With recent events in mind, there’s no time like the present… 

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Various locations in Camden
Explore the Trail
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Theatre Festival
1st August to 28th August £5 to £15

Camden Fringe 2022

The 16th Camden Fringe is hitting north London in August 2022 and over 200 events have already been announced.

Previous fringe events have encompassed new writing, opera, musicals, stand-up, sketch comedy, dance, cabaret, poetry, opera, mentalism, improvisation and Q&As. Shows take place throughout the day and generally last one hour.

 

The Camden Fringe is a performing arts festival, established in 2006, which takes place in Camden during August. Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply.

The Camden Fringe was set-up as an alternative to Edinburgh Festival, offering performers the chance to try out new material and different ideas in a supportive setting with less time and financial commitments than EdFringe did at the time. The Camden Fringe aims to give anyone the chance to perform and showcase their talents, from very experienced performers and companies, to ambitious newcomers. Since 2006 the Camden Fringe has gained a reputation for supporting acts, providing helpful information and guidance for the acts involved.

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Various Venues
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Music Outdoor Concert
Every Thursday from 28th July to 25th August Times Vary From £15

Lauderdale House Open Air Summer Season

Join Lauderdale House for their annual outdoor Tea Lawn performances! Bring a picnic and enjoy a variety of music and family-friendly fun.

Including: Hegley & Cannelloni Family Show
Ian Shaw
Jay Phelps Quartet
The Tootsie Rollers
Musical Theatre Singalong with Tim McArthur

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Lauderdale House Tea Lawns
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Camden Together Music Community Festival
11th September 2022 12pm Free

THIS IS...York Rise

The biggest annual block party in town, with music, food and drink, stalls, theatre and art. Welcome to York Rise Street Party!

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.

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York Rise and surrounding area, NW5 1SB
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Exhibition Art Culture
24th March to 29th August 2022 10am to 6pm Free

Rooted Beings

‘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.

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Wellcome Collection
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Community Festival Music Concert
Saturday and Sunday Afternoons, 18th June to 25th September Free

The Regent's Park Music Festival

The Regent’s Park Music Festival will bring alive the Bandstand with music every Saturday & Sunday afternoon starting June 18th (including Bank Holiday Monday on 29th August) to 25th September. 

Programmes will be varied and include local Concert Bands, Jazz Big Bands, small groups, and Choirs. You can be there with family or friends, enjoying the music and the beautiful park surroundings.

More details on the performers can be found on www.regentsparkmusicfestival.org.uk
 

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Regent's Park
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