Fitzrovia Festival is a non-commerical celebration of the life and history of the neighbourhood. It is a series of small events commemerating the people and places of the neighbourhood, its history, and changing times. Festival has been held since 1973 when the community activists declared: “The People Live Here!”
We’ll be holding a series of events in 2021 celebrating the life and times of the neighbourhood when it is safe to do so.
Another year and another Festival to plan. We are discussing ideas for guided walks, exhibitions, talks, and some horticulture… Capper’s Farm, boundary lines, strange preachers, musical history, and what in gawd’s name is happening to modern Fitzrovia!
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We’ll be celebrating the life and history of the neighbourhood with a series of non-commercial events including exhibitions, literature, and guided walks, from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June 2017
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7pm Monday 19 June: guided walk — The Curse of Crossrail and Property Developers: all about a fast-changing Fitzrovia.
7pm Tuesday 20 June: guided walk — Sustainable Transport. From Warren Street to Oxford Street the good and the bad of traffic management.
6.30pm Thursday 22 June: Collaboration Works. A literature event: Georgina Ferry introduces Neural Architects and Stephen Oram launches his new collection, Eating Robots and Other Stories. Free: register here.
6pm to 8pm Friday 23 June: exhibition and browse and buy book stall.
10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm Saturday 24 June: exhibition and browse and buy book stall.
12 noon Saturday 24 June: guided walk — Fitzrovia and the music industry.
10am to 4pm, Sunday 25 June: exhibition and browse and buy book stall. (Sorry, we’ve had to cancel this event)
All events are free and are held at Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, W1T 4RX (except Thursday’s which is at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, Howland Street).
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Author and Fitzrovia News editor Mike Pentelow will lead a guided walk around Fitzrovia’s pubs and talk about the neighbourhood’s literary connections.
The walk will be based on the book Characters of Fitzrovia written by Mike Pentelow and Spare Rib founder Marsha Rowe. The walk will visit several of Fitzrovia’s famous pubs where you can discover more about the many writers and their hangers-on who used to gather there.
Meet at Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm depart. Free event.
An exhibition about the little known story about the YMCA Shakespeare Hut, a building opened on the side of the current London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1916 to house and entertain troops on leave during WWI. Continue reading →
Fitzrovia News presents a Fitzrovia Festival event
A panel of writers from a range of disciplines give their views on the way things are changing and what might be in the future. These are not industry gurus predicting the future, rather they are practitioners sharing their personal perspective of what they see as the ups and downs ahead for their craft. For example, these might be technological, cultural, economical or political changes. They invite you to come along and listen, ask questions and then share a glass with them afterwards. Continue reading →
An exhibition of old photographs and a browse and buy stall of books about the neighbourhood. We have an archive of photographs going back to the 1970s. We have books by local authors including publications by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, E Beresford Chancellor’s London’s Old Latin Quarter published in 1930, Nick Bailey’s street-by-street history of Fitzrovia published in 1981, and London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid published in 2012. There are many books written about the district and we have a small library of books for reference and lots of information about life in Fitzrovia.
Photos and books about the neighbourhood: 10am to 4pm Saturday 18 June 2016, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX. Free event.