Kilburn festival will go ahead after Camden Council cash boost

The popular festival will take place in July

The popular Kilburn festival will definitely go ahead after it received a cash boost from Camden Council.

Concerns had been raised that the annual celebration, which spans several days and includes a range of music, film and arts events, would have to be radically scaled down because of town hall budget cuts.

But the council has pledged �4,000 to ensure the annual community knees-up, which culminates in a day-long festival in Kilburn’s Grange Park on July 10, goes ahead.

Janet Grauberg, chair of the Kilburn Festival trustees, said: “We think we have done pretty well given the challenging funding climate.

“It shows that we are really respected.

“This means that we will be able to put on the festival in the park but we’ll have to work harder to get more funding from elsewhere.”

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The amount is the same as the festival received last year

The festival is themed, and this year Kilburn will be transformed into a cultural Olympiad inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games.

Organisers have lined up bands, dance acts and food stalls for the day, and a week long film festival will also run.

Cllr Mike Katz (Lab: Kilburn), another trustee, said:

“I’m glad Camden has recognised that Kilburn festival is one of the landmark events in the borough’s calendar and continued to fund it.

“Although times are tight, it is vital that we can show support important community events. Hopefully this means that Kilburn festival will be as successful in previous years.”

The festival is looking for people to run stalls, volunteer, and sponsor the festival. To get involved contact Janet at