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The open mic returns this Thursday 1st May with a new exhibition by artist NADJIB LE FLEURIER

Join the Facebook event here.

C C Nadjib Poster May 2014

For the first time, together with his on going exploration around minerals, Nadjib is showing prints of his work on music, illustrating the deep, mental, emotional, and physical bond between instrument and their musicians

Please arrive early to view the work and meet the artist, before it gets busy when the open mic starts at 8pm

As guest MC for the open mic we welcome poet and spoken word artist MARTIN SANDERSON

We expect a busy night, so performers please arrive early, from 7pm, to book a slot


We invite anyone interested in becoming more involved with CC as part of a Core Group to come to the Windmill at 6.30 for an informal meeting & chat.

(This is on the same night as the Open Mic – 1st May, before the show)


CC artist Alistair Lambert is currently artist in residence at BAR

All invited to the OPENING EVENT on Tues 29th April 7pm


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Creative Cricklewood’s 50th Open Mic and Art Show – 6th February 2014

Happy Creative New Year!

We’re excited to announce the 50th Creative Cricklewood OPEN MIC and ART SHOW at The WINDMILL in Cricklewood on the 6th February 2014.


Alongside the Open Mic we will be launching a new exhibition of paintings by local artist M. ADAMS.  An experienced and versatile artist, living and working in London. She has studied in Poland and England and has exhibited works across Denmark, UK and Germany.

Through her natural approach she uses the traditional artist’s tools of oil, ink and pencil. However, she is also fond of working with sugar, charcoal, clay, and glass.

The Exhibition Opening will be Thursday 6th Feb from 7pm, with music and poetry from 8pm.  All welcome!

The exhibition will run till March 3rd.

1555543_734646436547631_1210091228_nAlso Shut Up & Write is now running at 6.15-to 7.45pm every Monday evening in Costa Coffee on the corner of Chichele Road at 173 Cricklewood Broadway, in addition to the slot at Meral’s Cafe (Cricklewood Lane) on Friday’s at 3.15pm. This was started by popular demand, because people who were at work couldn’t make the Friday session. All who would like to write, in silence, for ninety minutes without interruption are welcome to come along and join our supportive and diverse group.


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CCTT and The Creative Cricklewood Christmas Party – Thursday 12th December

Cricklewood Lane

Cricklewood Lane

Just to shake things up…the last Creative Cricklewood Third Tuesday (CCTT) of 2013 will actually take place on a Thursday!

We would like to take you with us to the Windmill Bar and Hotel where we will join the Creative Cricklewood Christmas Party, for an evening of entertainment from the Open Mic performers.  Festive fun and nibbles will be provided, compliments of Creative Cricklewood.

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.  Alternatively, you can meet us at the Windmill from 7pm onwards.

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

Creative Cricklewood Christmas Party

Creative Cricklewood Christmas Party

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CCTT November at The Lexi and The CC Open Mic is Celebrating 1 year at The Windmill! [UPDATED]


Our Open Mic at the Windmill has been running for one year this Thursday 7th November. Come celebrate this milestone with us at The Windmill in Cricklewood.

To mark the occasion this Thursday we present a showcase night featuring some of our favourite performers from the past year.

The show will start at 7.30pm and promises to be quite a night. Free entry as usual

Booked performers are (in alphabetical order):

The evening also features :

INSTANCES – a new exhibition of paintings by DIJANA BEKVALAC

“My  imagery is close to cartographic landscapes and self-referential visual systems which exist in a condition of fragile order. It is about obsessive mapping of space, about the gathering of time invested in the production of an image.”



Creative Cricklewood Third Tuesday (CCTT)  – 19th November at the Lexi Cinema

Are you curious about Cricklewood?

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

Our next exploration will take place on the Third Tuesday in November (19th) We would like to take you with us to the Lexi Cinema one of our small local Cinemas.

We will see the film Selfish Giant at 6.45pm.


This is a chance for you to use your Lexi Cinema voucher.

Book your own tickets at the Lexi cinema. Mention Creative Cricklewood when booking the first 12 tickets will be for the balcony.

We will meet at the Corner of Cricklewood Broadway and Depot Approach at 6.15pm.  Look out for the Creative Cricklewood lamp post tied with colourful ribbons outside the Beacon Bingo (see below). We will take buses 260or 460 and 52 to Chamberlayne Road.  Or meet at the Lexi. Programme starts at 6.45.

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


In other news, Creative Cricklewood organised another very successful BIG DRAW event at the Brent Civic Centre.  We created different worlds, some utopian, some not, to fit with the Big Draw theme of ‘Drawing Tomorrow’.  Many thanks to Amanda Beasley, Clare Lewis, Denise Bryan, Nicola Chance and Alex McIntyre for their help and hard work.


We hope to continue our collaborations with Brent Arts and to find new ways to scare the cleaners at the shiny new Civic Centre in the future!

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Upcoming Events


Creative Cricklewood Third Tuesday Presents

Opera in The Dell

A Magical Evening of Performance at The Mapesbury Dell
Tuesday 16 July 6.30pm – 9.30pm

We would like to take you with us to the Mapesbury Dell, one of the 2 conservation areas in Cricklewood. A hidden gem, this small but beautiful green space, will play host to an evening of Opera. We will meet at the Corner of Cricklewood Broadway and Depot Approach at 6.00pm. Look out for the Creative Cricklewood lamp post tied with colourful ribbons outside the Beacon Bingo. Or meet at the Mapesbury Dell which is situated between 10 and 12 Hoveden Road, off Keyes Road NW2

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

[We will need help lifting musical equipment into the Dell at 1.30pm on the 16th.  Please call us on 07967 377110 if you can lend a hand].



Calling all writers, beginner writers and would-be writers! Creative Cricklewood continues to run a working session called SHUT UP AND WRITE! at Meral’s Cafe EVERY FRIDAY afternoon 3.15pm to 4.45pm. Just you and your pen or laptop and 90 minutes of nonstop writing, together. Do join us if you can. All welcome.

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Thursday 4 July at the Windmill – 57 Cricklewood Broadway.

We present a brand new exhibition of paintings by graffiti artist BAMBOOKIDD.
with music and poetry as part of our regular Open Mic event.
From 7.30pm. Performances start at 8.00pm.

The exhibition will continue throughout July.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri from 4pm, Sat – Sun from 1pm

BAMBOOKIDD has been sketching and doodling since he could hold a pen.
Influenced by the likes of D*Face, The London Police, Jamie Hewlett,
The Simpsons, comic books, cartoons and growing up with skater/hip-hop
culture, he eventually began to develop and work on a character of his own.
The result is BAMBOOKIDD – a blank canvas that appears in art
reflecting the influences and activity which emerge from his mind.
Past projects have included exhibitions, live drawings, in-store
designs for small boutiques and record shops, as well as comic books,
flyers and customizations.

This week will be our 20th open mic event at The Windmill. We would like to thank everybody – performers, artists, and audience alike, who have supported it so far.

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The Creative Cricklewood Big Draw Team

The Creative Cricklewood Big Draw Team


Creative Cricklewood are very proud to announce that our Open Door Big Draw Event that we held at Brent Mosque in October, has been selected as one of the 2012 runners up in the Big Draw’s annual Drawing Inspiration Awards. Watch this space – we’re very excited!


This Thursday 21st Feb at The Windmill, 57 Cricklewood Broadway.

Performers check in at 7.30pm, music starts at 8.00pm.



Guest MC OLIVER DOUGLAS – star performer from last week

Continuing display of paintings by CC artist SANDY ALKALAI


Are you a member of Creative Cricklewood? Would you like to join us? Would you like to know more?

Come along on Thursday to our pre-Open Mic Members Meeting – 6.30pm at the Windmill Bar – and meet some of our members. Bring your suggestions or questions. Let us know how you’d like to get involved.

We are a group of writers and artists of all kinds who live and/or work in Cricklewood and we support creative endeavour. We come together, online and off, to share creative work and bring art to our community.


We are now inviting submissions from artists to display work at The Windmill. Shows last for four weeks, timed to coincide with alternate open mic events. Contact creativecricklewood(at) for more info and to register your interest.


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Open Mic – 24th January & Coming up this week…

Carl, Panama Dave and Adam Tunji

Jack Kelly

Rabimsha playing an instrument called a Berinbau

Kira Kenley & Neroli

Tres B

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Panama Dave & Adam Tunji

Panama Dave & Adam Tunji

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CREDITS – Performers:

Panama Dave Parrett

Philip Chadwick

Adam Tunji

Jack Kelly

Tres B

Kira Kenley & Neroli


Mikele Markionni

Zimmy van Zandt

MC Carl Chamberlain

Art on display by Pat Bonner – can be viewed till Feb 3rd.

Photography by Tobias Terpilowski-Gill

Organisers – Henryk Terpilowski & Dave Parrett

Poster design – Dave Parrett

Big thanks to Louise and the staff at the Windmill for hosting.

A review by Amanda Beasley: “OMG I have just left the open Mic at the Windmill what a night !

“The evening started with a couple of numbers from the fantastic Panama Dave, followed by poems from the Cricklewood Bard Philip Chadwick, including a poem for Tolkien fans. Adam Tunji who came all the way from Plumstead to perform a couple of songs for us with Panama Dave, his song ‘Central Heating’ was wonderful. Poet Jack Kelly ‘Where would we be without your shinanigans’? is an Open Mic regular.

Tres B sang ‘I was a lonely man’ but he was far from lonely tonight with his 5 piece Congolese band. Songs “This is Africa”, “Freedom” and “I can’t go home”, set the place alight. Rabimsha played an instrument called a Berinbau played in Brazil, Africa and parts of Japan. This amazing instrument which resembled a long stick with a calabash at the bottom of it and one metal ‘string’ ( he tells me the metal comes from a car tyre ) is played using a pebble to change the tone, giving a beautiful sound. He sang ‘Welcome song’ which he wrote himself followed by a Jimi Hendrix cover “If 6 was 9”. Magical!

Kira Kenley and Neroli what a duo! I loved ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Tribute to London’ dont forget you said you would dance too next time! Please come back we loved you. ( Mikele Markionni dropped his usual operatic voice to sing some popular pop, and regular Zimmy van Zandt finished off. The evening was rounded off artistically with some live portrait drawing by Cricklewood artist Peter.

Well done to Tobias, photographer extraordinaire! Thank you everyone for another fantastic night.  Thank you to Henryk, Panama Dave and Carl Chamberlain for putting it together so well AGAIN!”

The next open mic is this Thursday 7th January featuring…

Guest MC Sarah-Jane Miller.

Live (free) caricature drawing by portrait artist MARY SAXE-FALSTEIN

A new exhibition of paintings by CC artist SANDY ALKALAI“Sandy’s work takes a psychological odyssey throughout the universe and unchartered dimensions visited by the mind.”


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Creative Cricklewood Open Mic Goes Fortnightly!

Poster design by Dave Parrett

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.


PERFORMERS (10/1/2013)

Panama Dave Parrett       

Debora Henriques

Max Pahlsson

Kira Kenley

Jack Kelly

Zimmy van Zandt

Sarah – Jane Miller

Ant Smith

Shona Sarai

Alan Medley

Sally Buchanan

MC – Carl Chamberlain       

Organisers – Henryk Terpilowski and Dave Parrett

And special thanks to the management and staff at the Windmill

You can see more photos from the night on facebook here (you need to be logged in to see them).  Courtesy of Ant Smith.


Paintings by Cricklewood artist Pat Bonner (The paintings will remain on display till 3rd Feb)

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



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Another great Creative Cricklewood Open Mic!



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 ( )

Poster design: by Alistair Lambert

Performers: Panama Dave Parrett

Philip Chadwick

Pickled Eggs

Sabrina Parker


Rosy Summerbell

Jack Kelly

J C Ryan

David Dirickx

Mary Calton

Sarah-Jane Miller

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!

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Rosy Summerbell

Rosy Summerbell

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

Paintings by Ivorene Davies

Paintings by Ivorene Davies

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Open Mic & Exhibition at The Windmill – 7.30pm 6th December 2012

Open Mic December 2012

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.

Painting by Ivorene Davies

Painting by Ivorene Davies

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.

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The re-launch of Creative Cricklewood Open Mic

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 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

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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.


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.