Known for its cultural diversity, Finsbury Park is now getting a name for cultural dynamism, with some major artistic centres opening in the area.
A major development came in 2013 with appearance of Park Theatre, which features two performance spaces and a floor devoted to community work. A contemporary café bar entices you into the theatre, but don’t leave without checking out Park’s programme, which combines challenging new work with reworkings of classics. They also run workshops for kids and adults, so you can brush up your theatrical skills.
Across the park, a little red-brick building is the deceptively modest portal of the innovative Furtherfield Gallery, which has a mission to explore the rich relationship between art and technology. Co-creation is the goal of this forward-thinking hub, with professional and amateur artists, technologists and activists collaborating to produce challenging events, exhibitions and workshops.
The funky Platform performing arts centre on Tiltman Place is a world-class facility geared to children and young people. Located in the laundry of the former Hornsey Road Baths, its goal is to raise aspirations and hone skills. With a performance space, media centre, recording and dance studios, a rehearsal room and café, it has become a creative hub for local young people.
Nearby John Jones is a family business that has been at the heart of Finsbury Park’s artistic community for more than twenty years, offering bespoke framing and conservation. Their new and swish six-floor arts building hosts other creative organisations including Film London, the capital’s film development agency. As well as great coffee, Blighty Coffee also provides a workspace for the area’s growing creative industries.
Another spot for art lovers to watch is City North, a new residential and commercial development which will also house a gallery and nine-screen cinema.