START began life as Somers Town and St Pancras Art – and ran its first festival of cultures in 2000 .

Today’s hugely popular START grew out of a festival in 1997, begun to try to bring harmony to the disparate cultures in Somers Town. Former festivals have featured acts as diverse as Alexis Sayle, Les Dennis from Family Fortunes, performances by the gurkas, Tibetan monks, and the British TaeKwando team, as well as local bands such as the Mighty Caretakers and Northern Celts.

“…through the arts we can change people’s attitudes.”

Alan Patterson, former chair of START in the Camden New Journal in 2010.

Alan was key in founding START – thanks to his and Steve Denholm’s sterling efforts, the festival goes on!


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