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Crouch End Festival promises to be ‘biggest yet’

PUBLISHED: 11:55 18 May 2018

Crowds enjoy a previous Crouch End Festival. Picture: CEF

Crowds enjoy a previous Crouch End Festival. Picture: CEF

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Organisers are busy preparing for the 7th annual Crouch End Festival - the UK’s biggest community art festival which will see 200 performers and participants take over 60 venues across Crouch End.

The main stage at the Crouch End Festival. Picture: Crouch End FestivalThe main stage at the Crouch End Festival. Picture: Crouch End Festival

This year, Ham&High Broadway will be among sponsors of the event which runs from June 8 to 17.

There will be musicians, dancers, artists, craftspeople, designers and other performers taking part and food, drink and activites.

Organisers has have appealed for anyone who wants to get involved to contact them as soon as possible.

Chris Arnold, the artistic director of the festival said: “It’s only three weeks away. We hope you’ll join us – whether you’d like to put on an event, or come along and join in the fun.”

Crouch End Festival's zombie walk. Picture: BEX SALMONCrouch End Festival's zombie walk. Picture: BEX SALMON

He added: “This will be the last year for a while that we’ll be able to use the Hornsey Town Hall square and green before it’s redeveloped, so we intend to make it a really big festival. We have lots of the regular contributors, like Crouch End Players and Poets in a Phone Box, but many new first time performers too.”

The event, sponsored by local businesses along with main sponsor Martyn Gerrard estate agent, is supporting several causes including trying to reduce the use of plastics and a Dyslexia themed film festival. The festival will include an open air screening of the film Footloose on the green on June 9.

Mr Arnold said: “This year we want everyone to get on their tight blue jeans and dance the night away to Footloose, our free film on the green introduced by Peter Bradshaw. (Sponsored by Specsavers Crouch End).”

Volunteers are also needed throughout the festival to help with jobs such as coordinating the bands on Music Day, to putting up gazebos, manning the festival stall, and a host of other things that crop up each day.

Crouch end festival big screen on the greenCrouch end festival big screen on the green

Among highlihgts of this year’s festival are:

* Summer Shivers - An evening of music, poetry and spoken word on the steps of St. Mary’s Tower, Hornsey N8. June 8 from 7.30pm * Red Herring game - Walk around Crouch End during the festival looking for the item in each participating shop window that doesn’t fit.

* Schools Day - Performances from 14 schools on stage outside Hornsey Town Hall on June 9. * Zombie Walk - A 1980s theme. Meet at the Earl Haig Hall from 6.30pm. Walk at 7.30pm on June 9. * Craft Market - With crafts, food and drink in the square and the green outside the town hall on June 9. * Drastic Plastic Recycling Workshops – for kids and parents – how to turn plastic into something artistic not environmentally bad. * DYSPLA Film Festival at the Art House - A celebration of emerging dyslexia film directors with introductions and a Q&A forum.

To get involved and for a full timetable of events visit crouchendfestival.org. Twitter: @crouchendfestival. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrouchEndFestival

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