On Saturday, 4 June 2022 Cricklewood Town Centre hosted the Royally Cricklewood festival. This vibrant event was awarded a grant from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, ensuring that creativity played an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Udenson Caldbeck Associates was pleased to work alongside Cricklewood Town Team to curate the festival.
The event was opened with the National Anthem, sung by young people from 360 Arts School and followed by the stirring sounds of Scottish bagpiper James Reid playing a tune composed for the Platinum Jubilee. Councillor Anne Clarke (London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden) provided an opening speech for the event. Royally Cricklewood showcased a newly commissioned dance choreographed by Arts Council England partner organisation FUBUNATION featuring talented young dancers from 360 Arts School, plus fantastic performances from Capoeira experts Pink Capoeira club, Irish dancers from Scoil Rince Ceim Oir and traditional Indian dancers from Foram Dance Academy. Audiences were treated to the impressive sounds of dhol drumming, an Afrofunk performance, as well as folk and rock classics on the festival stage. DJ Original Edge also kept the festive party atmosphere going throughout the afternoon.
Children created mosaics at an art workshop and all ages were invited to try their hands at producing rhythmic beats at an African drumming workshop.
The festival market included fragrant food from around the world, fashion and jewellery, health and well-being products, specialty coffee, as well as sweet treats. Other fun activities included children’s games and face painting, balloon modelling, bike advice and safety checks from Dr Bike.