Summer of Love Local by #ShopStroudGreen

By Sophie Taylor, North Four
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love ’67 where freedom of expression, art and love reigned supreme.

#ShopStroudGreen are celebrating with a Summer of Love Local weekend festival this June. Across Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June there will be a veritable smorgasbord of activities hosted, run and made by your friendly neighbourhood businesses, artists and creative types.

The Charity Arts Project, Pretty Shing Shop, Finsbury Park

All events and workshops are free except for the guided Stroud Green walk which is a modest £5 and the Stroud Green Festival music events which are a bargainous £12 (£8 concessions). To take full advantage of all the goings on, look out for the #ShopStroudGreen poster in participating shops to collect your trail map. Then get skipping up the road with flowers in your hair ready to get stickered up like a cool cat. Once you’ve collected at least 10 stickers (one per shop – no cheating) you’re entitled to a free drink from either La Fabrica, The Deli at 80, WALNUT, the World’s End or the White Lion. You don’t have to buy from the shops to get the sticker although #shoplocal is encouraged, of course.

But it’s not all about free booze (or tonic), is it? Well is it? I’m not sure I know these days. The weekend will also see a map bursting with artist pop ups, craft workshops, talks, walks, demos, live art and exhibitions from local photographers, ceramicists, designers and illustrators. Music will float across Stroud Green too as the weekend is also host to an array of events curated by The Stroud Green Festival. Click here for the full line-up