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.


SIGN MAKING WORKSHOP WITH STUDIO HATO
SUN 1 SEPT, DROP-IN, 2PM - 6PM
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.


SOME LIKE IT HOT
MON 2 SEPT, 7.30PM - 9.30PM
MILLENIUM GREEN

As part of the Silk Road Festival, local cultural doers Creative Cricklewood will borrow the Town Square, pedalling it up to the Millennium Green on the other side of the tracks, for a special showing of Some Like It Hot. More info here.


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.


A CONVERSATION IN PUBLIC SPACE
FRI 27 SEPT, Talks from 2pm - 5pm. Film screening at 7pm
BEACON BINGO

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.

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’.


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: TBC.