The first Cricklewood Silk Road Festival funded by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund (OLF)Round 2 hits town from 13 September 2012.  Then it is colour, creativity, vitality and vibrancy all the way to the 15thfor Cricklewood town centre. The term ‘Silk Road’ alludes to the areas modern role of connecting commercial activities between East and West of the A5 corridor.  It highlights the vital role of the place: meeting the needs of its community; welcoming in attitude and appearance; tarry; refuel and enjoy. The festival aims to bring together the communities that live on the three sides of the town centre, celebrate the creativity abound in the area and increase footfall in the centre. The following are on offer to enjoy:

  • Outdoor festival, Saturday 15 September, 12noon to 6pm held at four locations throughout the town centre namely: outside the Crown Moran fondly renamed Jewel in the Crown; the green outside B&Q – The Green Isle; outside the Bingo Hall – Casbah; and finally Oaklands Road, off the Broadway – Cricklewood not Hollywood.
  • Be entertained by live bands playing different genre of music, ranging from jazz to afrobeat.
  • Cultural dances
  • Arts trail and exhibition by local artists
  • Live Bingo calls
  • Delicious mouth-watering world foods
  • Arts and craft stalls
  • Story telling and comedy.
  • Amazing Donna Maria’s Maypole and fairy dancers.  Children, both boys and girls are encouraged to come specially dressed up in their favourite costumes.
  • Interactive workshops

“The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius said: “It’s important we look at innovative ways to support our town centres in these difficult financial times. The Silk Road Festival promises to be an interesting mix of music, food and art which should bring the Cricklewood community together and hopefully drive more people into the shops.” The Chair of Cricklewood Improvement Programme, Danny Maher, said: “The community is in full support of Cricklewood Silk Road Festival.  We want to take pride in our high street and help make it a better place to visit, meet, shop and enjoy.” The Cricklewood Silk Road Festival is supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, which is helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London. Note to the editor:

  1. Cricklewood OLF Round 2 funded by the Mayor of London
  2. A partnership between Barnet Council and Cricklewood Improvement Programme and with support from Brent and Camden Councils.

For more information, contact The Cricklewood OLF Project Manager. Osita Udenson on 07875 588 107 or

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