Cricklewood Town Square
31 August to 28 September 2013
Mobile Town Square - all around Cricklewood
Introducing Cricklewood Town Square
A mobile public space coming to Cricklewood in September 2013.
The square aims to respond to the lack of space to meet, sit, rest and interact in the community, and will occupy disused and forgotten pieces of land, turning them into civic space for all the community to use.
The square will move across Cricklewood from Saturday 31st August to Saturday 28th September, in an eye-catching 'civic folly' on the back of a bicycle, popping up in a variety of sites: from the grass space outside B&Q, to the empty pavement outside the Bingo, and even on the roof of a car-park. Once the project is over, this structure will be donated to Cricklewood Town Team, and will be available for local community groups to use.
A full programme of sites and events is available on our website, www.cricklewoodtownsquare.com. We're also on twitter, @cricktownsq, and on facebook.'
GALTYMORE MEMORIAL DANCE
SUN 8 SEPT, 5PM - 9PM
The Galtymore was one of the most famous social spaces in Cricklewood’s history: an internationally renowned venue for dancing, courting and craic. Though today the site is just a weedy wasteland, we want to recreate the spirit, outside, in Cricklewood Town Square. Come and join us as we dance in the street.
CRICKLEWOOD DIY LIBRARY
SUN 15 SEPT, ALL DAY
Although it officially closed in 2011, Cricklewood Library lives on, in the form of a pop-up, DIY library, run by volunteers. For one day only, this library will come to the Town Square: come to read, browse or borrow a book, and hear about the future of this public space.
SUN 22 SEPT, 3PM - 6PM
Chess: the thinking man’s ping-pong. Every Thursday lunch time, a local Grandmaster will be present in the square, all leading up to this one day: the Cricklewood Tri-Borough Chess Championship. If you know your Knight from your Bishop, come and take part.
PEOPLE TEND TO SIT WHERE THERE ARE PLACES TO SIT:
A CONVERSATION IN PUBLIC SPACE
FRI 27 SEPT, Talks from 2pm - 5pm. Film screening at 7pm
What does public space do? Who is it for? And how do we get it? This one day conversation on public space, in public space, will see architects, artists and activists come together with the local community, to answer some of these questions. At the end of the day, we’ll screen William H Whyte’s ‘A Social Life of Small Urban Spaces’.
CRICKLEWOOD CARPARK CINEMA
SAT 28 SEPT, 6PM - 10PM
ROOFTOP CAR PARK
In the 1920s and 30s, Cricklewood was a film production centre, with the largest film studios in Britain. For our last event, we’ll celebrate this heritage with the Cricklewood Carpark Cinema. We’ll be taking over the roof, and showing two films:
Cricklewood Greats, a mockumentary about Cricklewood's lost horror movie studio, and
Passport to Pimlico, a film about a group of Londoners who set up their own country.
Access is via the tunnel on Cricklewood Broadway, and up the steep ramp. Films start at 7pm prompt.