Community events and culture

Community events and culture

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From cinema evenings to lively community festivals, whether you’re a film enthusiast, a foodie, or simply looking for some local fun, Camden’s summer calendar is packed with exciting events for everyone.

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Cholo Khā’i

Indulge in delicious vegan and vegetarian Asian bites at the Cholo Khā’i cafe, a pop-up, planet-friendly community café supported by Think&Do. Run by local women learning the skills to manage their own café, Cholo Khā’i (meaning “Come eat” in Bengali) also offers healthy after-school snacks for children.

Day: Every Thursday, 8am to 4pm (excluding August)
Location: Somers Town Community Association Cafe, 150 Ossulston Street, NW1 1EE.
Cost: Prices vary
More info: thinkanddocamden.org.uk

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Castlehaven Community Cinema

Enjoy a diverse selection of free films from around the world such as Parasite, 120 BPM, Four Daughters, and more.

Day: Every first Thursday of the month, 6pm to 9pm (May to September)
Location: Clarence Hall, NW1 8RP
Cost: Free, but booking is essential.
More info: castlehaven.org.uk

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Everyman Screen on the Canal Open-Air Film Festival

An outdoor cinema with a full programme of blockbusters, family favourites, cult classics, and even some exciting summer sports. Most screenings are subtitled, and no tickets are required—just arrive early to secure your spot.

Enjoy a selection of drinks, sweet and savoury snacks, and for a real treat, grab an ice cream sundae and sample some delicious flavours.

Day: Monday 1 July to Sunday 18 August
Location: Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ
Cost: Free
More info: kingscross.co.uk/event/screen-on-the-canal

Camden Mela 2024

A two-day community festival celebrating British cultural diversity. Take part in and enjoy arts and crafts, food stalls, live music, dance, and a funfair. A marquee will offer health information and advice, and there will be free family activities to keep kids entertained.

Day: Sunday 14 July
Location: Coram’s fields, 93 Guilford Street, WC1N 1DN
Cost: Free

Day: Saturday 20 July
Location: Camden market, Dockray Square and Hawley Wharf, NW1 8GH
Cost: Free

More info: camdenmela.org/

Camden Town Community Festival

An annual event since 1998, this festival is a vibrant showcase of local talent and unity. Enjoy live music, colourful stalls, and cultural delights, all celebrating the diversity and achievements of our community.

Day: Saturday 20 July, 3.30pm to 7.30pm and Sunday 21 July, 12 noon to 7pm
Location: Camden Square Gardens, NW1
Cost: Free
More info: lovecamden.org

Regent’s Roots Community Arts Festival

Experience live performances, circus shows, interactive art installations, engaging workshops, a bustling marketplace, pop-up gaming excitement, fun inflatables and delicious food at the third annual Regent’s Roots.

Run as part of South Asian Heritage Month, this community-driven festival is organised in collaboration with local residents and co-produced by Old Diorama Arts Centre and Fitzrovia Youth in Action.

Day: Saturday 3 August, 1pm to 6pm
Location: Regent’s Park Estate (streets surrounding Old Diorama Arts Centre), NW1 3FE
Cost: Free
More info: olddiorama.com/regents-roots

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Fitzrovia Fete

Part of Westminster Council’s Inside Out Festival and the Hidden Fitzrovia arts project, this fete features free activities for everyone to enjoy. From engaging street performances and interactive art workshops to browsing stalls offering art, clothing, and delectable food options, there’s something to entertain and inspire all ages. You can also participate in workshops like the Vintage Toy Roadshow and pom pom making, engage with community partners like The Bee Friendly Trust and Cancer Research UK, and enjoy live performances by local talents such as The Valentino’s and Scaledown Musicians.

Day: Sunday 13 August, 12pm to 4pm
Location: Fitzrovia Community Centre, 2 Foley Street, W1
Cost: Free
More info: fitzroviacommunitycentre.org/events/fitzrovia-fete

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Inverness Street Bloc Party

Inverness Street Bloc Party

Celebrate 30 years of UK House and Garage with live performances and DJs sets. This event pays homage to the borough’s rich cultural legacy, known for hosting the first indoor Caribbean Carnival in 1959.

Curated by BBC 1xtra’s Heartless Crew, get ready for a day filled with energetic music, dance, and celebration, featuring both homegrown talent and established artists.

Day: Saturday 24 August, 12pm to 7pm
Location: Inverness Street, Camden Town, NW1
Cost: Free
More info: lovecamden.org

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