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.

The Hillview Estate sits on the edge of one of the largest 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.

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 carried great stigma and was a last resort for many people who moved here. Residents wish to continue producing an annual event that helps to retain the strength and character of our unique neighbourhood.

Photo credits:
Escuela de Baille: Angela Harrison, 2017
Carousel: Catherine Packard, 1992
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