Two of Creative Cricklewood’s members have residencies at The Albert. So we will be going down to support them, check out some art, eat some good food and watch some of the performances. We encourage anyone else nearby to do the same.
The Open Mic on Thursday 10th January was another great night. The event is going from strength to strength and will now be running fortnightly. See the flyer above for all the upcoming dates. Creative Cricklewood would like to thank all the wonderful support we have had from local residents and people who have travelled from far and wide to come see the performers. Please keep coming out to support the creative arts and music scene in Cricklewood and NW2.
We must send a big shout out and thanks to all the wonderful performers on the night. Your talents made it another night to remember.
Panama Dave Parrett http://www.panamadaveparrett.com
Zimmy van Zandt
Sarah – Jane Miller
MC – Carl Chamberlain http://calmcarl.wordpress.com
Organisers – Henryk Terpilowski and Dave Parrett
And special thanks to the management and staff at the Windmill
Some quotes from the night:
“I had such a wonderful time last night. Creative Cricklewood people are wonderful. Great atmosphere, wonderful art, fabulous perfomances from excellent people” – Carl Chamberlain
“This is a nice friendly intimate place to perform. The variety of acts is fantastic. Some very good writers and performers every time. It’s nice to be part of this group. Thanks everyone for making this happen.” – Zimmy van Zandt
The Creative Cricklewood Open Mic at the Windmill last Thursday built on the success of last month and was another great night. Thanks to all those who came out in the cold to support local talent and to make the night such fun. Of course we must also send a special thank you to the wonderful folk below and anyone else involved in bringing it all together.
Guest MC: Carl Chamberlain
Organisers: Henryk Terpiłowski, Dave Parrett
Artist: Ivorene Davies
Caricature drawing: Mary Saxe-Falstein ( http://www.marysaxe-falstein.co.uk/ )
Poster design: by Alistair Lambert
Performers: Panama Dave Parrett
J C Ryan
And last, but most definitely not least…. Weronika Knap and all the staff at the Windmill.
A quote from the night: “It’s nice you’ve breathed some life into the place. The girls are working their socks off and they deserve success” Carl
Next month’s Open Mic at the Windmill will be on THURSDAY 10th JANUARY, put the date in your diaries now!
Don’t forget, the paintings by Ivorene Davies will stay on display till the beginning of January, during the Windmill’s opening times:
Mon -Wed 4 – 12pm
Thurs – Fri 4pm – 1am
Sat 12 noon – 1am
Sun 12 noon – 12pm
Following on from the success of last month’s Open Mic, we’re returning to The Windmill this Thursday the 6th December at 7.30pm, featuring….
….Guitarist Panama Dave Parrett, raconteur Jean-marc, bellydance by the fabulous Rosy Summerbell, a new exhibition of paintings by Ivorene Davies, live caricature drawing by Mary Saxe-Falstein, and guest MC Carl Chamberlain.
There will also be slots available for anyone else who would like to perform on the night, just come along at 7.30pm and put your name down on the list.
IVORENE DAVIES was born in Cricklewood, and has lived here in the same family home most of her life. After attending Mora Road school, Ivorene studied art at Willesden School of Art – which closed in 1959. Ivorene continues to paint and draw; she has a superb sense of colour, which she incorporates into most of her work.
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.
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:
Please join us for MUSIC, ART, POETRY, PERFORMANCE, and a great social & networking opportunity.
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 Ryan.
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
Creative Cricklewood is inviting local people to join visual artists and story tellers for an engaging day of wonderful stories and imaginative drawing.
You don’t need to know how to do it or to have ever tried drawing before: it’s just about having fun and contributing your marks to a great big drawing that we can all share and enjoy. We will provide the paper, crayons, pencils and the stories: you provide the ears, the eyes and the imaginations!
The project aims to bring different parts of our community together and to mix us up for a while through a shared creative activity that we can all enjoy.
We are kindly hosted for the event by the Brent Mosque and Islamic Centre on Chichele Road in Cricklewood. We will be using the community hall on the basement floor, so will have plenty of room to unroll our paper and spread out on the floor and tables. Around the hall we will have different ‘stations’ to explore:
If you would like to just listen to stories you can do just that.
The stories will reflect and intertwine the rich oral traditions of different cultures and faiths.
Alongside the story tellers there will be various visual artists to lend a hand, encourage and assist you. If you would like to have a demonstration of different techniques for making marks and approaching drawing the teachers will be on station to help you out. We will have a still life set up, a bit of dressing up, various tricks and fun to get you in the mood for scribbling and doodling.
Down the middle of the hall will be a big roll of paper that we can all doodle and draw on. There may be a landscape on it that needs some trees, or a desert that is missing a tent… perhaps a city, with rooms needing furniture and characters from the stories to come to life…
There will be no prizes or judges, no winners or loosers. We don’t need to make Art we just want to explore, experiment and have fun together.
All the materials, paper, pencils, crayons and sharpeners are provided free of charge.
The main entrance to the Mosque is on Howard Road, Cricklewood, however we will be using an entrance on Chichele Road that leads directly to the hall. It is pretty much opposite Sheldon Road.
If you would like to volunteer to help on the project in any way lease drop us an email. creativecricklewood at gmail.com
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.
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 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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