Fitzrovia Festival kicks off tonight with the first of a series of events exploring the past, present and future of the neighbourhood.
Festival, which was started in 1973 and promoted the name Fitzrovia, is a week of guided walks, exhibitions and a literary events.
It doesn’t quite have the kudos of Hay-on-Wye, but Fitzrovia Festival is one of London’s smallest and longest running community celebrations which raises awareness of the needs of local people in a fast-changing London.
- 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 then 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.
Fitzrovia Festival 2017: 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).