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#GreatGayBuildings

This year marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised. The media is flooded with remembrances and there are many arts and cultural highlights which will mark the decriminalisation and events around it.  As ever, Channel Four observed this important milestone with a series of dynamic, relevant and inclusive programmes. I watched #GreatGayBuildings with interest. I was moved by the telling of every story, each presenter honestly and proudly stating their sexuality and the importance of a building and its occupants. I felt a pride at how far we have come and excited to live in a time of increased acceptance...
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Contemplating Community with Fitzfest 2017

Now that the curtains have been lowered on Fitzfest 2017, as director, trustee of the Fitzrovia Chapel (and long-time resident of Fitzrovia), it’s really time to take that perfect pause and reflect. What are the ties that bind this growing festival, now in its second year, to the local community? What does it add to this culturally rich area of central London? From the beginning, it was important to me to offer a programme that was not only diverse but truly reflected the legacy and artistic community of Fitzrovia. As a snapshot of this year, our June programme included: daily...
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Why is the Fitzrovia Chapel so needlessly beautiful?

The word ‘exquisite’ is used often at the Fitzrovia Chapel. I believe the reason for this is because it has a breathtaking beauty that is so surprising to us, and goes beyond what we had expected. This was an exquisite place in a working hospital. As it was never consecrated, it was a haven for all; a beautiful sanctuary for the broken, the troubled, the weary.   The importance of beauty   Since I became director in September, I have focused on the operational challenges of such an incredible building and the many processes required to set up a sustainable...
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A quick guide to the Fitzrovia Chapel

When the National Health Service sold the hospital and chapel to the developers of Fitzroy Place, Westminster Council took the opportunity for this exquisite building to be restored and repurposed as a community asset for the people of Fitzrovia. A strong team The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation was set up at the request of Westminster Council to run the chapel and find a new role for it in the community. Right from the start the trustees wanted to ensure that the range of uses included cultural events as well as commercial activities which could ensure the building’s viability. It’s not an easy task. It costs £10,000...
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