Somers Town Festival comes to The British Library Piazza to celebrate 21 years of the borough’s biggest street festival

Flags created by Central Saint Martins students with local community groups hang from the British Library for Somers Town Festival
  • A host of great events, including a music stage showcasing local talent and a pop up Somers Town History Museum
  • Newly designed flags to hang from the British Library building, created by Central Saint Martins students, working with local community groups
  • A “Dolly Peg” community art trail, in partnership with the Maria Fidelis School in Somers Town and over 30 community organisations
  • Unveiling of the Story Garden, a community garden being created by Global Generation in partnership with the British Library, Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan

The British Library is proud to be partnering with the Somers Town festival this summer, by giving up the Piazza to festival activities and expanding their Chalton Street site on Saturday 13 July. The free festival celebrates the unique and vibrant character of Somers Town, created by the community for the community. The British Library is open to everyone and is delighted to be working closely with the Somers Town community on this fantastic project.   

Local spoken word talent Suli Breaks will entertain festival-goers on the main stage, along with a host of musicians and performers including the spoken word collective Imaginary Millions. The pop up Somers Town History Museum will provide a chance to discover the story of this unique area.

The British Library has also been working with Central Saint Martin’s students in partnership with local community groups to create huge flags that will hang from the front of the British Library, reflecting on the social history of the area in creative and colourful ways.

With the Maria Fidelis school in Somers Town, the British Library has been inviting the local community and British Library staff to decorate wooden dolly pegs to make an art trail leading festival-goers between the different festival sites. 

During the festival, the Story Garden will be open for the first time, a new and evolving temporary garden that is being created by the community. Built and managed by the educational charity Global Generation, and in partnership with the British Library, Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan, this space will provide green space for the residents of Somers Town on the land to the north of the British Library. With an official autumn launch planned, the Somers Town Festival is a chance to get a sneak preview of how the build and the planting is going, and get involved in creating this shared space.

Across the rest of the festival site, in and around Chalton Street, expect to find food stalls from around the world, a funfair, parades, film screenings, and much more.

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