Cricklewood Silk Road Festival 2013

31 August to 7 September 2013
Venues across Cricklewood Broadway

Cricklewood will be hosting its second annual Silk Road Festival from 1-7 September 2013. These events form part of a £1.67 million investment in Cricklewood through the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, a three-year initiative, helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high streets across London.

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The Festival will include a variety of activities including arts and cultural nights at venues across the town centre, culminating in an outdoor event on 7th September. The open-air festival will feature stalls selling food and drinks, arts and crafts, live performances, interactive workshops, and children’s entertainment. With performers representing Europe, Africa, and Asia, this multi-cultural event reflects Cricklewood’s extraordinary diversity.

The term ‘silk road’ captures the present day role of the centre as a commercial route into and out of London. The festival aims to celebrate the local area’s abundant creativity, connect the communities that live on the three sides of the town centre, as well as increase footfall in the town centre. Local businesses getting involved will be able to highlight their products and services through special promotions on offer during the week.

The following events are scheduled to feature at this year’s festival:

  • Events during the week include the Cricklewood Cruise classic car show and road rally; alfresco performances; open air cinema screening; salsa dancing; a Cricklewood heritage tour; stand-up comedy; and an open mic night
  • The outdoor festival on Saturday 7 September: 12noon to 6pm, held at three locations throughout the town centre: the green outside B&Q (The Green Isle); outside the Bingo Hall (the Casbah); and Oaklands Road, off the Broadway (Cricklewood not Hollywood)
  • Headline act from British pop band Red Box
  • Live music performances representing cultures from around the world; ranging from Irish folk music to Jazz to Middle Eastern - Zong Zing Allstars return again this year, The Good The Bad & The Ginger folk rock band, Professor Moriarty and more.
  • Cultural dances - Irish, Polish, Cuban and more
  • Delicious mouth-watering world foods
  • Arts and craft stalls
  • Children’s magician and bubble artists
  • The return of the Maypole, with a performance by local children
  • Interactive workshops
  • Street theatre, including spontaneous opera singing

Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “Our local high streets are the lifeblood of our communities and initiatives like these are a great way of drawing more people in to see for themselves the diverse range of products and services they have to offer.”

The Chair of CricklewoodTown Team, Danny Maher, said: “Cricklewood came out in full swing to support and enjoy last year’s festival and we hope this year will be even better. The festival is a key part of changing the way local people think about the town centre. We are set for another successful festival in September with a great line-up of events on offer.”

For more information, contact the Cricklewood OLF Project Manager:
Osita Udenson
07875 588 107


Please get in touch if you wish to take part, volunteer, have a stall, perform etc.

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Sunday 1 September

2.00–4.30pm, B&Q Grassland

Public space is for everyone, including man’s best friend. Gladstonebury’s Woofstock comes to the Town Square, to transform this unloved grass space into a pet spectacle. Bring your faithful hound. Local Vet practices will award prizes. *Note: entering a dog into Cricklewoof costs £1, with all proceeds going to the Mayhew Animal Shelter.

Sunday 1 September - Silk Road Festival Launch

Classic cars and vintage tractors line the Broadway at 8.30am.
Bargain breakfasts at local cafes for early birds.

Family Event
As part of the Cricklewood Cruise
10.00am–3.00m, in front Crown Moran
Paint a pottery car to take home, design a badge/key-ring, town centre treasure hunt to win box of treasure
Photo taken in the "Ha Ha Haries" furry car

Pure Silk
Creative Cricklewood's alfresco afternoon at the Windmill.
BBQ, craft tents and showcase performances to get the Party started!

Paper Jet Landing!
A twenty foot paper jet will be landing on the Cricklewood Broadway end of Keyes road. The event will be a celebration of Cricklewoods aviation history and a launch of the Silk Road festival. The record breaking jet will be parked in Keyes road for six days, then will be flown to a mystery location for the main festival date Sept 7th . This last moment event piloted by Kevin Keating and other Creative Cricklewood artists, will be continued as the Send art show hosted in the Windmill pub, 56 Cricklewood Broadway.

Monday 2 September

Open Air Cinema
7.30–9.30pm, Millennium Green, Claremont Road, NW2
See the classic film Some Like it Hot on the screen

Cuban Vibes at the The Heritage Inn
From 7.30pm
Cuban vibes offer an authentic salsa experience in Cricklewood.
2 for 1 offer on all classes

Sign Making Workshop with Studio Hato
2.00–6.00pm, drop in, B&Q Grassland
What should be allowed in a town square? Who should make the rules? Graphic designers Studio Hato will have all the tools ready to help you create your own signs for the square, and help you write the rules for this public space.

Tuesday 3 September

Cricklewood Heritage Walks
Fascinating evening stroll down Cricklewood's Memory Lane
Walk One: Trains, Planes and Cows starts at 7 pm at Millennium Green on Claremont Road.
Walk Two: County Cricklewood starts at 8.15 pm from the Crown Moran to Kilburn 
Throughout the evening at the Crown Moran (mezzanine) show your old photos, share your memories. Short film of Norah Marshall's insight into daily life in Cricklewood during the war.

Creative Cricklewood have gained access to Churchill's war bunker in Brook Road NW2 on 21 September – limited spaces so come early to sign up!
Refreshments kindly provided by MapRA.

Wednesday 4 September

An evening with Zadie Smith
6.30pm at the Crown Moran
Cricklewood Homeless Concern presents an evening with Zadie Smith.
£10 donation fundraiser for CHC's Rough Sleeping Outreach.

Cricklewood Festival Fringe at Crown Moran
Don't miss a night of comedy in Cricklewood featuring the best of London's stand-up talent.

Thursday 5 September

Plans and design for improvements to Cricklewood available to view at Crown Moran from 12noon to 8.00pm and at the Silk Road Festival.

Creative Cricklewood Open Mic
at The Windmill. Fabulous showcase of local talent, popular part of Cricklewood's creative talent.

Saturday 7 September

2nd Cricklewood Silk Road Festival

The Green Isle – grass area in front of B&Q in Cricklewood Lane
Cricklewood Not Hollywood – Oaklands Road
The Casbah – in front of Beacon Bingo

Featuring live music, dance performances, food and drinks stalls, arts and crafts, interactive workshops, children's entertainment and more.

Headline act RED BOX will be performing on the main stage at The Green Isle.