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Do one great thing this weekend … visit Cally Festival on Sunday

September 15, 2012

Anticipation is mounting on the Caledonian Road as the final touches are made for the 2nd annual Cally Festival.

With less than 24 hours to go, these final preparations will transform the Cally Road all day Sunday 16th September.

Equipment has already arrived, parking restrictions are in force and the street’s shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are preparing for the arrival of up to 8,000 visitors through the day. Starting around 4am, the street closure comes into force, bunting flags and numerous other decorations will go up, market stalls will line the street, marquees and tents erected.

Last year’s festival was an enormous success and this year’s event will have even more attractions, events, performances, food and drink to enjoy. It starts at noon on Sunday and runs until 6pm. A short video documentary from last year’s festival explains everything.

Paul Convery, one of the Caledonian Ward Councillors says “Islington Council has fully supported the festival – with financial assistance and all the organisational help we can muster. The Cally Festival represents the face of change in our neighbourhood – appealing to both newly arrived and long-term residents. It is a change for the better in a place that is characterised by very stark social differences – and the Cally Road itself historically has been a boundary between affluent and less affluent areas. Now we are celebrating the Cally Road as a shared space where we unite to create a better and fairer place.”

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