This year in line with the UK/India year of culture 2017 our festival Camden Kalā shines a spotlight on and celebrates India’s vibrant heritage both within Camden and beyond.
We hit the streets to find out what you think of Culture in Camden
Creativity and Wellbeing week is back and, as always, Camden is host to a great variety of associated events! You can find the full programme here but we’ve rounded up some highlights happening in Camden during the week (12 - 18 June 2017).
Alinah Azadeh is an artist, writer, mother and former Camden resident. For Love Camden she has reviewed Point of Contact, currently on show at Swiss Cottage Gallery until 1 July.
Dr Srinivasan presents a performative lecture from her interdisciplinary book Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor with singer Uthra Vijay.
For Camden Flux, Love Camden asks artists, critics and writers to submit their view on queer life in Camden. Following on from her Camden Encounters project in 2015, for which she recorded memories from residents of Camden in the places where they were formed, artist Elly Clarke wants to assemble a map of Queer Encounters: YOUR encounters, YOUR stories, YOUR histories.
For Camden Kalā, Love Camden has invited curators, artists and thinkers to respond to the iconic academic text Pidginy Linguish by Sarat Maharaj in their own way. This month: The original text "Pidginy Linguish, Proto-Pratter, Ur-Creole: sounding the ‘Dictionnaire Eléméntaire’ on Cultural Translation" by Sarat Maharaj
Camden is now setting up local creative consultation workshops in public space, during which we invite residents, artists, creative practitioners and those who are not engaged with culture at all, or who may attend as audiences or participants, to feed back their views on these issues.
In Spring 2017, rarely displayed artworks from the Camden Art Collection were 3D-printed to provide a new way of looking at this fascinating collection. These 3D prints formed a ‘Museum in a Box’ which went on tour to Camden’s libraries and Great Ormond Street Hospital. During workshops children and their families could touch the 3D models and listen to artists’ audio interpretations of each object. The combination of the objects and audio then inspired stories, poems and sounds in response to the collection. Local resident Angela shares her experience of taking part in the Museum in a Box workshops with her son Lorenzo.
With the support of House of Illustration, Swiss Cottage Gallery has launched the Camden Drawn project, inviting artists and illustrators to interpret Camden and show their work at Swiss Cottage Library from May 2017 to February 2018. This month: Elly Clarke's New Map / Old Memories (Can Your Memory Become Mine?)