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Highgate Festival: Focus on the future as event returns for second year

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:20 13 June 2019

Jacksons Lane Theatre plans. Picture: Jacksons Lane

Jacksons Lane Theatre plans. Picture: Jacksons Lane

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The Highgate Festival returns for another year next month with a programme bigger than before, and a focus on the future and the environment.

Young musicians from Highgate School perform on the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House at the 2018 Highgate Festival. Picture: Polly HancockYoung musicians from Highgate School perform on the Tea Lawn at Lauderdale House at the 2018 Highgate Festival. Picture: Polly Hancock

Now in its second year, and immediately following Fair in the Square, the events will take over the Village for just over a week, ranging from exhibitions to music performances and the chance to go and have a look around people's gardens.

As well as making the most of Highgate in the present, locals will also be able to see a showcase of events focusing on what is still to come for the area.

Jacksons Lane Theatre, which is hosting some of the programme, will give visitors the chance to see plans for its redevelopment.

From 2020, the venue in Archway Road will undergo "wide-ranging" work to transform the Grade II-listed building.

The building will be restored and its historic features will be brought back to life. The theatre is housed in a former Methodist church, and was listed in 1973.

But it's not just the future of buildings that will get attention.

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Children at six nearby primary schools have been stretching their creative talents to produce paintings on climate change, and the future of the environment.

The festival's Alicia Pivaro said: "At the time of a climate crisis, we want to think about how Highgate can respond. This has been a radical area in the past, and it could be again."

The work, which will be displayed in Waterlow Park, will look at how water will be affected, what the impact will be on animals and how people will face the consequences.

It won't be the only opportunity children and parents will have to help draw attention to what could change in Highgate over the next few years, either.

On June 22, the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum will hold a creative making and drawing workshop to get ideas for the BMX bike track and playground in Parkland Walk.

The free event at Highgate Library will help feed into the process of designing the new outdoor space.

Meanwhile those wanting to do their bit for climate change can have their say on June 17, when a range of speakers will talk about the ideas for an "eco-action plan" for Highgate.

The get-together at OmVed Gardens, in Townsend Yard will include working groups and discussions.

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