1. Tell People What You Want From Kentish Town
Got an opinion or two about the manor? A bunch of folk are trying to create a Neighbourhood Forum, the aim being to set out how Kentish Town should develop over the next 10 years. We attended the first event outside Co-op yesterday, which quizzed passers-by on what they wanted from the high street (see above). If you fancy taking part, the consultations run until Monday. Fri 29 June – 12-3pm Regis Rd Industrial Estate Area, Sat 30 June – 12-3pm Kentish Town Road North (on Youth Clubs), Sun 1 July – 12-8pm Kentish Town Road South (Churches), Mon 2 July – 3-8pm Library (Health & Community Centres/ Pubs/ Youth Clubs)
2. An Arty Party at the Free Space Gallery
The Free Space Gallery on Bartholomew Road is celebrating the James Wigg Practice’s 125th anniversary on Thursday 5th July with loads of imaginative activities. If it’s as hot as today we pity the poor mug who’ll be operating the cycle-powered cinema, but there’s also live music, a storyteller and a new exhibition of donated art work.
The Gallery’s Art Shed will be out in the garden with a show by artist Harli Tree, and ice cream, cake and tea will be on offer, all from 3-5pm. So take the afternoon off. Or something.
3. Pop-Up Market at The Abbey
NW5’s ace vintage market makes a permanent move south this weekend, from The Pineapple to Kentish Town Road’s very own rave fave The Abbey. Swan along this Sunday between 2 and 7pm for the usual mix of sartorial splendour and delectable edible bits ‘n’ bobs. There’ll also be a barbeque in the capacious beer garden, a Tarot reader and cocktails. And live music.
4. Fundraising gig at The Monarch, Tuesday 3rd July
To raise money for the Hillcrest Aids Charity Trust, which supports the education of AIDS orphans in South Africa, The Monarch on Chalk Farm Road is hosting four acoustic singer-songwriters – Christa Vi, Monkton Wyld, Sam Castell-Ward and Tom Deffee – from 7.30pm.
Kentish Town-based film-maker Ben Fredericks will be travelling to the Valley of a Thousand Hills in South Africa to shoot a documentary in order to raise awareness of the cause.
5. Summer Sessions at the Zabludowicz Collection
Our favourite contemporary art gallery launches its Summer Sessions next Thurs 5 with another free bash fuelled by Camden Town Lager and wood-fired pizza. This exhibition considers ‘how space is produced through social relations: shaped by our fantasies, transformed through our occupation, or controlled by violence’. But if that sounds a bit dry, each weekend is structured thus: a Friday evening performance followed by a reading group and dinner, Saturday artist presentations with discussion and dinner, and Sunday guest lecture and tea. Cerebral innit. More details here.