Set in the beautiful leafy courtyards, and surrounding streets, of a Victorian housing estate in the heart of King's Cross, the Hillview Festival is a dynamic and colourful programme of music, dance, circus, and arts activities, along side a community market, food stalls and a Tiki Bar. Free and open to everyone, the festival celebrates local talent and cultural diversity within our community, drawing on a wide pool of artists and performers from the local area and beyond. During the 1980s and 90s the Hillview Festival was instrumental in building a more friendly and cohesive community at a time when King’s Cross was deemed a hell-hole and a slum.
The Hillview Estate now sits on the edge of one of the largest and most desirable private development sites in Europe, surrounded by major corporations, high end shops and restaurants … gentrification that could lead to the loss of a quintessential spirit that makes our neighbourhood distinctive. We'd like to ensure that any changes have a positive impact, and a festival is a joyous way to develop community relations, and encourage positive social action. Residents wish to continue producing events that help retain the strength and character of our unique neighbourhood.
This page: Festivals, Catherine Packard 1989; Angela Harrison 2019
Banner: Festivals 2017 & 2019, Tiago; Ray Yates; Joe Harrison; David Styan