We’re running a programme of events at Cricklewood Town Square, designed to answer a simple question: if Cricklewood had a town square, what would happen there?
All events are free*, and open to everyone.
CRICKLEWOOF. A DOGSHOW SAT 31 AUG, 2PM - 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.
GALTYMORE MEMORIAL DANCE SUN 8 SEPT, 5PM - 9PM KEYES ROAD 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 RAILWAY TERRACES 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.
CHESS TOURNAMENT SUN 22 SEPT, 3PM - 6PM BEACON BINGO 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.
PORTRAIT OF A HIGH STREET THU 26 SEPT, 7PM NAVRUZ RESTAURANT The launch of a new project by Thomas Ball, which aims to celebrate the many faces behind Cricklewood’s diverse collection of shops and businesses. The series of portraits will be exhibited and projected at Navruz, 82-84 Cricklewood Broadway. Following the event the framed portraits will be presented to each shop to be hung in their window, creating a permanent exhibition along the High Street. Produced in collaboration with the Cricklewood design team, Gort Scott, and Polimekanos.
Speakers include: Finn Williams, an architect turned planner at Croydon Council; Daisy Froud, engagement supremo at AOC architects; James Dixon, a dissident archaeologist; and Valerie Beirne, manager of Bankside Urban Forest, where amazing, temporary public spaces have been popping up for five years.
Talks will be unapologetically useful, with real-life examples of inspiring projects, and different ways that communities can get them. At the end of the day, we’ll screen William H Whyte’s ‘A Social Life of Small Urban Spaces’.