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Pop-up Shop Launch Party

Posted: 17-08-2011

Creative activities were in full flow at the Haverstock Carnival Project’s launch party of their colourful community pop-up shop at 46 Malden Road, Camden on 8th October.

Invitations were thrown open to local residents who turned out in full force to sample some of the taster workshops on offer. There was something for everyone from youngsters to adults.

A selection of healthy snacks, hot spiced apple juice and music from the rhythmic steel drums created a party atmosphere and kids took full advantage by dressing up in carnival costumes, expressing themselves artistically by painting on the art wall and having their faces painted.


Adults who had always fancied their hand at sewing were delighted to discover how easy it is to learn how to use a sewing machine, with many feeling confident enough to come back and join the sewing class which is making costumes for the carnival on 30th October. The sewing machines are available for use by anyone in the community Just phone up and book a time.

The shop was decorated with vibrant banners made during screen-printing workshops which took place throughout the summer and original head dresses and dragons made by the willow sculpture workshops.

For the next few weeks the shop will run weekly creative workshops, coffee mornings and cooking demos to prepare for the Haverstock Carnival on Saturday 30th October. Everyone is welcome and all activities are free, funded by Well London who are promoting wellbeing in London through creativity, healthy food and physical activity.

You can join existing workshops or start a new one. Need somewhere to hold a meeting, get together with friends old and new at coffee mornings, play cards or dominos or book the screening room to watch your holiday films or wedding videos with your friends?

The team would also love to interview people on the theme of Home and Community. They also want to hear from everyone from kids to older residents who've seen many changes over the years. Come and make your voice heard and contribute to something, which your grandchildren can enjoy in the future.

There will be an intensive week of creative workshops during the autumn half term. If you would like to show off your culinary skills or learn how to make an authentic curry the team would love to hear from you!

The shop is open from 12 - 6pm Mon - Fri and 11 - 4pm on Sat. The shop also sells a range of items and welcomes any donations. Email the team at, phone 07864002189, 07725909919 or 0795681502 or pop into the shop.

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