Zombies, open-air film and live music: Crouch End Festival is back

Crouch End Festival

Fancy a wacky weekend? Crouch End Festival could be just the ticket, with music, comedy, arts, ghost stories and North London’s biggest Zombie Walk.

The UK’s largest community arts festival is back from June 7th for the eighth year running. With Hornsey Town Hall out of action during restoration, the opening event takes place at Stationers Park. There’ll be music and dance, a food fest, a giant open-air screen playing Bohemian Rhapsody and loads more.

The Festival, which runs over 10 days, takes place at dozens of local venues. Among the highlights will be jazz music, art exhibitions, poetry, cooking demonstrations and a haunted sleepover.

When the festival was started by fellow creatives Chris Arnold and James Bridgman together with Marice Cumber and Paul Sinclair in 2012, the idea was to create a small community event with creative artists and performers. The original plan was for 30 events, but locals were keen to get involved and, in its inaugural year, the festival featured 150 events. Its popularity has only grown – last year there were 250 events.

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Basil Fansa of the Local Buyers Club said: “Crouch Enders know how to party. The Zombie Walk is always a fabulous spectacle – this year the theme is Kings and Queens and there’ll be prizes for the best costumes. If that doesn’t appeal, you’re sure to find something that does. This is one of London’s most eclectic festivals – from film and animation to live music, comedy, photography and art as well as lots of events for small children, there’s something for everyone.

“It’s great to see so many businesses get behind the Festival – dozens of cafes and pubs take part each year, alongside shops such as Pickled Pepper Books and local churches. Crouch End has an amazingly tight-knit community and this festival plays a major role in bringing people together.”

St Mary’s Church Tower, which is dubbed ‘London’s smallest and coolest performance space’, is among the venues taking part this year – as