Keep up to date with Fitzrovia Festival 2015 events on social media

We will be confirming times and dates for Fitzrovia Festival 2015 events over the next few weeks.

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Fitzrovia Festival is a non-commercial celebration of the neighbourhood’s life and history through literature, exhibitions, guided walks and other community events.

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Fitzrovia Festival 2015 will take place in June

We are currently planning Fitzrovia Festival 2015. The events are likely to take place in the second half of June and will consist of a literary event, guided walks, an exhibition, and anything else we can think of doing on a shoestring. Continue reading

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Exhibition: Tottenham Court Road in the early 1970s

Row of low-rise buildings.

The “shacks” along Tottenham Court Road north of Hanway Street.

10am to 5pm Saturday 28 June 2014, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX.

Before the mid-1970s a section of the lower west side of Tottenham Court Road looked very different.  Continue reading

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Books about Fitzrovia and by local authors

10am to 5pm Saturday 28 June 2014, Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX.
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Guided walk: Fitzrovia and the music industry

12 noon, Saturday 28 June 2014

This 90-minute walk will visit buildings and places in Fitzrovia which have a connection with the music industry. Continue reading

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Ideas for Fitzrovia Festival 2014

These are the ideas for Festival during week of 23-29 June. (NB: Other events are also being put on by other organisations including London Festival of Architecture events at Store Street on Saturday 28 June, and a Fitzrovia Music Festival tbc; and possibly a commercial event).

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Fitzrovia Festival 2014

We will soon have news about events in June 2014. There will be an exhibition, a book fair and guided walks taking place between 23 and 29 June 2014. We’ll also have news about other events taking place in Fitzrovia.

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Winter walk: Fitzrovia in the news

People on guided walk.

Mike Pentelow editor of Fitzrovia News answers questions about the neighbourhood. Find out about the stories behind the headlines on our guided walk of Fitzrovia.

Join us for a brisk winter walk around Fitzrovia from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 14 December 2013.  Continue reading

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Elvis Costello playing with Flip City at Fitzrovia Festival 1974

Band playing in street.

Elvis Costello (Declan P MacManus) playing with Flip City at Fitzrovia Festival 1974. Picture taken looking south along Rathbone Street.

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello was recently the subject of a BBC Four documentary.

Having recorded 33 albums and had many hit songs he is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and intelligent performers of his generation.

Costello played one of his first gigs leading the band Flip City at the Fitzrovia Festival Saturday 1 June 1974.

He was then known as Declan P MacManus and was joined by four musicians: Michael J (Mich) Kent on Bass guitar and vocals, Malcolm Dennis on drums, Steve Hazlehurst on guitar, and Richard (Dickie) Faulkner on congas and vocals.  Continue reading

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Review of Fitzrovia Festival 2013

Book covers and pagesWe celebrated 40 years since the first Fitzrovia Festival in 1973 with a number of events in June and September.

Fitzrovia Festival 2013 took place from Saturday 22 June to Wednesday 26 June 2013, and from Wednesday 18 September to 21 September, organised by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association. Fitzrovia Festival 2013 was sponsored by LDG estate agents, 39 Foley Street, London W1W 7TP.

We held a browse and buy bookstall of books about the neighbourhood and by local authors including publications by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, E Beresford Chancellor’s London’s Old Latin Quarter published in 1930, Nick Bailey’s street-by-street history of Fitzrovia published in 1981, and London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid published in 2012. There are many books written about the district and we have a small library of books for reference.  Continue reading

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