Summer festival comes to colourful end

Shelley Marsden

ORGANISERS say the Cricklewood Silk Road Festival, which ended in vibrant fashion last Saturday, was a great success.

The second annual event, which ran from September 1-7, forms part of a £1.67 million investment in the North West London borough through the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.

The week’s activities, which included Irish dancing and traditional music, culminated in the day-long outdoor event on Saturday, which featured arts and crafts, live performances, interactive workshops, children’s entertainment and attracted some 2,000 people.

One young festival-goer sports the new Cricklewood bag

Festival producer Osita Udenson, said: “This year’s Silk Road Festival showed that Cricklewood is an energised community, full of colour and vibrancy. The Festival had great entertainment, and with delicious world food and plenty of activities for children, there really was something for everyone.”

Events across the week included the Cricklewood Cruise classic car show and road rally, alfresco performances, open air cinema screenings, salsa dancing, a Cricklewood heritage tour, stand-up comedy and more.

The term ‘silk road’ was coined to represent the role of the centre as a commercial route into and out of London, and the festival’s aim was to celebrate the local area’s abundant creativity, connect the communities that live on the three sides of the town centre and increase footfall in the area.

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Photos by Thomas Ball



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