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hornsey library

Hornsey Library, in the centre of Crouch End, hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Last year was a first for Crouch End Festival with three days of culture in the newly renovated grade II listed building.

This year familiar events are mixed with a few surprises: cinema with live accompaniment, singing, workshops, music, storytelling for all ages, comedy, street art and guided tours. Visitors old and new are invited to explore this local treasure and see it come to life in new ways.

Click HERE for full lineup

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The enchanted cinema
Friday 7th July workshop 8.45pm 
tive screening  9.05pm

Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle with Live Sound FX workshop. Join the Enchanted Cinema at 8.45pm for the sound FX workshop and 9.05pm for interactive screening. Launching the Enchanted Cinema’s regular Family Club at Hornsey Library. Tickets link here

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The Enchanted Cinema Family Workshop & PerformanceS 
saturday 8th July 10am - 12.30

Ages 4+  Join The Enchanted Cinema on a live  adventure with Studio Ghibli & Friends.Using your hands, voice & instruments, join the “FX Crew” to create sound FX to scenes from films including My Neighbour Totoro and Yuri Norstein’s Hedgehog in the Fog. For more + TICKETS, click here.

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N8 nu arts art show
Saturday 8th 1-4pm, sunday 9th 12-4pm,  july 10-15th full show 1pm - 7pm

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by members of N8 NuArts Group, a community art group that organises life and portrait classes. The teacher is artist Julia Colmenares. We also hope it might encourage you to join us.
Insta: @n8nuarts  email:

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free life drawing in the zen garden
friday 7th july 4-6pm

This session is open to everyone and the model will be in costume so even the kids can give life drawing a go! 

FREE session but book via Eventbrite link and reserve a space for kids too. Usual classes at Crouch End Picturehouse twice a month, £11 + Eventbrite fee. Info at @crouchendlifedrawing


songworks library sing! 

Making the most of the fabulous acoustics outside the library, singers from Songworks’ Monday and Wednesday choirs share favourites from their current repertoire. Expect uplifting pop anthems and blissed-out harmonic delights! Songworks have been proud sponsors of  CEF from the start. 

All Voices Welcome.

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the hornsey collective at hornsey library
sunday 9th july 6-7pm

Local band The Hornsey Collective will bring guitar, ukulele and harmonies for a live acoustic set of folk, country and more.

Instagram @hornseycollective

Hornsey Collective website

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‘What Listening To 10,000 Love Songs Has Taught Me About Love’  study room  sunday 9th july 4.30-5.30pm

A pile of papers, a stack of records, and a funny, thought-provoking and really quite moving tale exploring love, love songs and how we all live lives with own personal soundtracks. With songs from Blondie, Soft Cell, Frankie & more. (You know, proper music). They loved it in Edinburgh: ‘Warm, funny,

poignant’, ‘So personal, so emotional’. Booking: It’s free. Just turn up.

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more events coming soon...

More events coming soon

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“How I Said ‘F**k You’ To The Company When They Tried To Make Me Redundant” Community room one   friday 7th july 7.30-8.30pm, saturday 8th july 7-8pm,  sunday 9th july 7.15-8.15pm

A funny, moving, triumphant, Edinburgh Fringe Spoken Word show from million-selling author Rohan Candappa. FREE. Just turn up.

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evidence of our past: 100 stories from the archive
Saturday 8th july, 4.30-6pm

The past is endlessly fascinating and full of clues about how we connect to the
history of our local areas – Hornsey, Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Highgate,
Harringay, Stroud Green, Alexandra Palace and Wood Green; all covered by Hornsey Historical Society. This talk focuses on stories in the book and the intriguing ways in which they sometime come to the Society. Come and find out about some of the people, places and events which have shaped our urban locality.

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poetry & music with the crouch end poets  
Saturday 8th july, 5-7pm

Hosted by Viv Fogel, music by Ethan Saphra. Poets: Jacqueline Saphra; Julian Bishop; Alex Corrin-Tachibana; ; Runilla Chilton; Jeff Sugarman; Marcia Gamsu; Chris Burroughs; Viv Fogel. Free entry and refreshments. Poetry publications on sale

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laughs at the library
friday 7th july, 7pm-8.15

MYLES and DAN: absurdist sketch-comedy double act @ mylesanddancomedy
DAVE LYNCH: Dave has been taking the London comedy scene by storm 
WES DEFOE: enigmatic and unapologetic comedian with a unique perspective on life
MIKE CAPOZZOLA: UK-based comedian and actor/presenter from New York.  and 

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a festival of brass
sunday 9th 2pm

Crouch End locals, the Crescent Brass Quintet, will be performing outside Hornsey Library from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday 9th July. From classic brass band marches and jazz standards to Britney Spears and your favourite film scores, Crescent Brass entertain young and old. Stay for five minutes or bring your dancing shoes - you’ll have a blast.


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time travel: about and beyond crouch end
sunday 9th july  5.30-7pm

Taking place in Community Room 1.

Ever wondered what Crouch End and Muswell Hill looked like 100 years ago? Movie-making in Britain actually started in our part of North London, and some of the films have even survived! Expect some new discoveries as well as old favourites in this archive show, covering a century of locally made film. With Ian Christie, Professor of Film History at Birkbeck College


Poetry & Flash Fiction Showcase with Writing Room Org UK
friday 7th july 7.30-8.30pm

Ground floor, children's library.

Register for your free guestlist place:

Enjoy snippets of the latest brilliance in poetry and flash fiction! Writing Room has been welcoming creative writers for 10 years. In 2020 we moved online and writers now join us from all over the world. Tonight our local gang of talented new writers will wow you with their best work!

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guided tour of hornsey library and reserve stock 
friday 7th 11-12, saturday 8th 11-12, sunday 9th 1-2pm

Join us at Hornsey Library for a fun and factual tour around one of Crouch End's most interesting Grade Il listed buildings, including a chance to explore part of the library usually off-limits to members of the public: our Reserve Stock section.

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Poetry & Music in the Zen Garden
sunday 9th july 4-6pm

Viv Fogel and guest poets read new and published works; music from Rick Hayter, refreshments, bookstall and an open mic. Come and join in. 

If it rains, event will move to the children's library.

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