Creative Cricklewood Third Tuesday (CCTT) – No.2

902264_10151884196154546_1726924482_oAre you curious about Cricklewood?

Every Third Tuesday of the month, Creative Cricklewood want to explore a little bit of Cricklewood and the surrounding areas with you.

Our second exploration will take place on the Third Tuesday in May (21st) We would like to take you with us to the Beacon Bingo!

We will have a short tour of the Beacon followed by the chance to play the main session at 7.30pm. Books will cost £7.00.

Tea and Coffee will be available with the compliments of the Beacon Bingo. Other drinks can be purchased at the bar. There is a self-service restaurant serving hot food, and snacks.

We will meet at the Corner of Cricklewood Broadway and Depot Approach at 6.45pm.  Look out for the lamppost tied with colourful ribbons outside the Beacon Bingo.

Come and join us. It would be great to see you!


OPEN MIC Re-Launch at the Windmill Pub this Thursday

Please join us for MUSIC, ART, POETRY, PERFORMANCE, and a great social
& networking opportunity.

Thurs 8th Nov. 8-11pm at the Windmill, 57 Cricklewood Bdwy. NW2 3JX. (MAP)
Performers check in 7.30pm for a spot.

Confirmed performers:  MC and storyteller Jean-marc
Pierson,Bellydancer Rosy Summerbell, Mary Calton – jazz blues, Zimmy
van Zandt, Panama Dave Parrett, singer/songwriters Lily Shea and Jo

As part of Creative Cricklewood Open Mic, Cricklewood artist Henryk
Terpiłowski will be exhibiting his paintings.“Henryk exploits
counterpoint in composition and colour,and the tension between
randomness and control, to evoke emotional impact”

The exhibition will continue for two weeks during the Windmill’s opening hours:
Mon -Wed  4 – 12pm
Thurs – Fri  4pm – 1am
Sat  1.30pm – 1am
Sun  1.30 – 12pm

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The Big Draw day went really well. Nearly one hundred people attended at Brent Mosque on a very cold day.

You could spot the Creative Cricklewood team by their Big Draw T-shirts, colourful berets and (at advanced level) by their stick on moustaches. The hall was decorated and welcoming. We had loads of clipboards, crayons, pencils and paper at hand and different areas for drawing set up around the hall. There was a beautiful still life set up, an exhibition of paintings by one of the mosque’s congregation and a life modelling area with hats and costumes for setting the scene. Down one side of the hall we were able to set up a huge row of tables to support a lovely roll of paper 10m x 2.5m big! There were also two special areas with seating and cushions where four different story tellers (from different faith backgrounds) took turns telling stories throughout the day.Drinks and delicious fresh cooked food was provided by the Mosque.

One of the highlights was in the afternoon when a group went up to the beautiful Mosque hall itself. Here we sat on the carpet and sketched the interior architecture and decorations whilst listening to two stories told by David Bash and Sarah Rundle. David Bash (a Jewish storyteller) told the story of how the beautiful Mosque at Cordoba in Spain, here the Christian rulers were persuaded to overcome their urge to demolish the Islamic architecture and built their Christian Chapel amongst the columns and arches of the Mosque.

The finale came when we lifted the second huge drawing and put it on display along the form of the stage at one end of the hall.

We are very grateful to Hampstead School of Art for their generosity in not only lending easels and drawing boards but sharing their expertise by running an excellent session using oil pastels. We were also very honoured to have a visit from Sue Grayson Ford the director of The Campaign for Drawing who organised the Big Draw.

Many thanks are also due to Angela Payne, Lead for Mapesbury Community First Panel, and Marie Ryan, Chair of NW2 Resident’s Association both of whom made the whole event possible through their support, encouragement and help with funding.

Finally we must thank The Mosque and Islamic centre of Brent, for their support, use of the hall and delicious food. In particular Yasir Alam and Chairman Mohammed Sadeeq. Thanks too to all the CC team that made it happen.

We will be compiling all the many photos and images over the next week or so and hope to show the excellent work that was achieved on the day.  Here are a few to whet your appetites:


The Silk Fringe Art Show and After Party


Creative Cricklewood and Harlesden Gallery come together in a collaborative art exhibition featuring the work of Kevin Vincenzo Keating, Gabriel Parfitt, Tom Saunders, Lorenzo Belenguer, Loli Cardenoso, and Alex McIntyre.  The private view will combine with this months Open Mic Night.  Already our talented performers on the bill include music from Opium Blues, bellydancer Rosy Summerbell, and poet and performer Ursula Troche.  During the day Creative Cricklewood are involved in the Silk Road Festival.  Do come and find us at our stall, spot the CC moth art trail and take pleasure in the CC the street decorations.


The Silk Road Festival

Creative Cricklewood are participating in the Silk Road Festival on 15th of September.  It looks like a great line up and we have been busily cranking up the heat on street decorations.  On the day, we will have a stall outside Beacon Bingo where you can sign up to be a CC member.  Later on in the Four Seasons Cafe from 6pm there will be an exhibition curated by CC’s own Kevin Vincenzo Keating and a post festival party featuring some fantastic local musicians.


Good News!

The Cricklewood Improvement Programme (CIP) submitted a bid to the Mayor’s Outer London Fund late last year.  The bid was successful and Cricklewood has been awarded £1.6m to improve the high street and to support our cultural endeavours.  For more information, read the press release here.

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Who are we?

We are a group of writers, artists of all kinds, and supporters of the arts who live or work in Cricklewood.

We run and publicise arts, music and performance events in the area.

We get together on the first Thursday of every month at the Crown Moran Hotel for a social meeting and an open mic – bring along a poem, a story, a song to perform or just come and enjoy a warm supportive and entertaining evening.

Crown Moran Hotel: 142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London, NW2 3ED

We share our work(s) with the group and support each other’s endeavours wherever possible.

Most of all, we want to help make our area a vibrant and creative hub

We will begin using this website shortly, but in the meantime, please join us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/creativecricklewood or if you would like to get in touch via email, please write to: creativecricklewood (at) gmail.com