Annual programmes

Each year the arts team runs an annual programme. Themed around topical events these programmes work in partnership with organisations and artists across the Borough to deliver a wide range of free arts events and activities to local residents and visitors.

In 2017-2018 we were delighted to announce the launch of two exciting programmes:

Camden Kalā  

Our festival Camden Kalā shone a spotlight on India’s vibrant heritage both within Camden and beyond. Our programme explored dance, music, film, academic text and the visual arts. Family workshops, walking tours, artists’ film screenings, yoga and food were also featured. Local partners included: The Place, Roundhouse, Central St Martins, Akademi, Quiet Down There and others, International partners include Tarq Gallery (Mumbai), Chatterjee and Lal (Mumbai).

Discover the full programme of activities

Camden Flux 

2017 saw the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) which introduced the partial decriminalisation of same sex relationships in England and Wales via an act of Parliament. Throughout the year Camden will hosted a wide range of events, screenings, exhibitions, talks and online articles to explore the history of LGBTQ+ culture.

Discover the full programme of activities

 Ways to explore Camden 

  • Love Camden is a guide for exploring the best of what’s on in Camden, from art exhibitions and theatre to comedy and pop-up markets. Check out the neighbourhood guides to explore what’s on your doorstep or our Top 10 pages to discover something new. You can also follow Love Camden on TwitterFacebook and Instagram
  • Swiss Cottage Gallery in Swiss Cottage Library displays a year-round programme of diverse, high quality exhibitions
  • Museum Mile - provides an insight into London’s past and present. Discover 12 of the city's most extraordinary museums and galleries and their equally diverse collections. More self guided walks from Love Camden
  • London Greeters offer unique walking tours to all Camden visitors. Greeters are local Camden residents who are keen to share Camden's hidden gems. Would you like to book a Greet or become a Greeter yourself?

Community festivals

Camden Community Festival Grants are open for 2021-22

Camden Council’s community festival grants are now open.

The deadline for applications is 11:59pm on 28 February 2021.

How to apply

This annual grant scheme adds brightness, culture and diversity to all areas of Camden, thanks to the local communities that work tirelessly to put these festivals together.

Event information

If you have any event related enquiries, for example road closures or health and safety, contact Camden Events Service on 020 7974 5633 or email

Pop-up shop projects

If you are looking for an empty property to set up your project in, have a look at vacant properties:

Property for sale and let

You will find a list of available properties owned by the council. There are details of who to contact regarding a hire.

Past art projects

  • Camden Sentido – Annual Programme for 2016/2017 
  • Past exhibitions at Swiss Cottage Gallery

Black history season

We were proud to work with a range of partners on the Black History Season. Due to funding changes we are no longer able to coordinate the season. We hope other Camden partners will come forward to lead the programme.

Past exhibitions at Swiss Cottage Gallery

Silia Ka Tung Chiral, 2008

Silia Ka Tung grew up with a fascination for nature and the human body. She uses vivid, saturated colours and crispy lines against flat backgrounds. Silia's dynamic compositions reflect the influence of cartoons, billboards and the computer games of her youth, as well as that of traditional Chinese folk art.

Angela Inglish Railway Lands

Her photographs record the extraordinary transition of King’s Cross.

Previous temporary public art projects

  • Monika Sosnowska: The Wind House (2008), a temporary installation on Primrose Hill part of the Portavilion projects curated by UP Projects
  • Carmody and Groake architects: The Sky Walk, (2008), an exhibition and performance space on Montague Place
  • David Mach: It Takes Two, (1991) Euston Square Gardens
  • Northern Adventures (1992) at St Pancras Station in collaboration with Camden Arts Centre