Events

Cricklewood Winterfest – 24th November 2012

A warm welcome to any readers of Cricklewood Matters who may have read about us in the most recent issue.  Please get involved if you are creative or support the arts, and live or work in the area.

Creative Cricklewood will be involved in the upcoming Winterfest on Cricklewood lane on the 24th November 2012.  Make sure you come down on the day to watch the performers and carol singers and to support the local high street shops and the independent traders that will be set up.   For more details, read the press release from CIP below….

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Following hot on the heels of the Silk Road Summer Festival is the Cricklewood Winterfest on Saturday, 24 November 2012.

There will be food stalls, gift stalls, street theatre with colourful Christmas characters, stage entertainment and carols. A Cricklewood choir of residents will debut on the day and fun lasts from 1pm to 7pm at the Green Isle, outside B&Q.

Barnet Council has funded the Christmas illuminations on Cricklewood Lane whilst the WinterFest, an activity of the Cricklewood Connecting People and Places Project  is funded by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.  The Cricklewood Winterfest is supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, which is helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London.

World-renowned industrial designers and makers Haberdashery London are currently prototyping the design and manufacture of bespoke festive lights, that will be not only 100% unique to Cricklewood, but also will reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs and will integrate into the fabric and spirit of the Cricklewood community.

Christmas 2012 will see the premiere of two prototype lights, along Cricklewood Lane, as part of the Christmas Winterfest event. This event will trial the prototype lights to give the community a chance to feedback on the design before all the new lights are put into production for Christmas 2013!

The Cricklewood WinterFest aims to:

  • usher in Christmas to Cricklewood
  • animate the town centre
  • attract more footfall to Cricklewood town centre
  • support local business
  • encourage community participation
  • engender pride of place.

“I would like to see people spending their hard earned money in local high streets this Christmas, getting in the festive spirit whilst supporting neighbourhood businesses to thrive. Events like WinterFest in Cricklewood are a great way to entice customers to the area and bring the community together. We need vibrant, bustling high streets and kick-starting activity in areas like Cricklewood is what my Outer London Fund is doing across the capital.”  Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Danny Maher, Chair of Cricklewood Improvement Programme said, “People don’t have to go into central London or out of town shopping centres to get into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a fun, festive afternoon in Cricklewood and support local businesses at the same time”.

For more information, contact The Cricklewood OLF Project Manager, Osita Udenson on 07875 588 107 or udenson@btinternet.com

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Cricklewood Festival 2012, NW2, London
Silk Road Festival

Cricklewood Silk Road Festival 15th September 2012

The Inaugural Cricklewood Silk Road Festival was held on Saturday 15th September and was a great success. Creative Cricklewood were heavily involved in the planning and running of the festival.   Our members, Amanda and Zoe organised decorations for the broadway, and with their little helpers managed to cover many of the street railings and lamposts with an array of colourful materials. We also set up a stall at Casbah Corner and Alex, Thomas, Henryk and Amanda were on hand to show off some of the group’s work, to inform local residents about what we are doing, encourage them to get involved and to support local creative arts.  As well as this, Alistair ran a very popular ‘Make a Moth’ stall for local children to get involved and show their creative flare; Jean Marc entertained passers-by with his story telling; Mary Calton sang her heart out on the main stage; and to top it all off, Kevin Keating organised a fantastic post-festival fringe party at The Four Seasons with an exhibition, open-mic and lots of great food, drink and revelry!

We were heartened by the support that we received from local residents and businesses that we met on Saturday, and look forward to working with many of them over the coming year.  Creative Cricklewood has lots of plans in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to an array of upcoming events over the next year, and of course The Silk Road Festival will return in 2013 and is set to be even bigger and better!

Click the image below to take a look at a gallery of photos from the day.

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