Camden Inspire: New street festival coming to NW1

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Crowd-pleaser: the new festival will take over two streets in central Camden  (Press Handout)
Crowd-pleaser: the new festival will take over two streets in central Camden (Press Handout)

North London is to host a new street festival this month, as Camden Inspire lays on a series of workshops, film screenings, live performances and gigs. Street food will also be dotted throughout.

The sprawling offering, which will cover 17,000 square feet and run over two streets by the canal, will run on Friday September 17 and the following day. On both, it will open 11am until 8pm, in which time organisers say it intends to celebrate the areas creatives and traders.

Among the highlights will be the launch of a new space at Camden Open Air Gallery, film screenings from the Camden Collective and live music held on an outdoor pop-up stage. There will also be 15 local traders involved, including London’s first ever Carribean diner, Ma Petite Jamaica, which has been serving locals since 1985; the infamous vampire-themed pizzeria Lost Boys Pizza; and the not-for-profit enterprise Think Coffee, who will be hosting a temporary tattoo parlour.

Georgie Street, head of projects at Camden Town Unlimited said of the announcement: “Camden Inspire has always been about celebrating local small businesses, but this year we are taking the opportunity to do something more ambitious.

“We want to shine a light on the creative independents that make Camden Town such an exciting place to be, whilst showing how activating our local public realm should be a part of the future of our high streets – and our partnership with Camden Open Air Gallery perfectly fits this objective!

“We are using this event to highlight the area’s heritage and history, the entrepreneurs who are bringing it back to life right now, and some incredible prospects like the revival of our live music scene and the Camden Highline, which pose a very bright future.”

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