Olympic-themed Kilburn Festival awarded bumping funding by Camden Council

This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet

Camden Council is getting into the party spirit after awarding Kilburn Festival �6,000 – the biggest community grant to be awarded in the borough.

This year’s Kilburn Festival, which will have an Olympic theme, will take place between June 28 and July 8 and promises to be the biggest and best yet.

The festival promotes films from across the world, celebrates the rich and varied history of the area and finishes with a concert in Kilburn Grange Park.

Caren Owen, manager of this year’s event, said “Kilburn Festival 2012 is shaping up to be fantastic.

“Kilburn has a vibrant and diverse heritage and the festival reflects this.

“We work with local organisations and venues to enable all local residents to taste some of the best that Kilburn has to offer from dance and film to food and sport for all ages.”

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Kilburn festival annually attracts audiences of 10,000 people.

In the run up to the festival people can get a flavour of what is to come at a number of up and coming launch gigs.

Pop along and enjoy the best of rock, reggae, punk and indie at The Good Ship, in Kilburn High Road, on April 25 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost �3.

Another showcase night will take place at the North Tavern on May 11 from 7.30pm. Musicians which have already agreed to play this year’s festival include Birmingham rock band Captain Horizon, RnB soul singer Andrew Melody Palmer and Hip-Hop artists Culture Error.

Janet Grauberg, chairman of Trustees of The Kilburn Festival charity which organises the annual event, said: “We’re really pleased that Camden Council is supporting this year’s event.

“With the Olympic related theme of ‘The Five Continents In Kilburn’ we plan to put on lots of activities between June 28 and our main day in the Kilburn Grange Park on Sunday July 8.

“We are always looking for volunteers to help make it happen - please get in touch on j.grauberg@googlemail.com if you are able to help in any way.”