Pinboard 15 August: Peckham’s Peace Picnic, an anarchic art fête – and get your Oedipus complex for free

Peckham: SE15’s Peace Picnic is back This Saturday, two years after the rioting that hit Peckham so hard, the area’s …

Peckham: SE15’s Peace Picnic is back

The Peckham Peace Festival, last year
The Peckham Peace Festival, last year

This Saturday, two years after the rioting that hit Peckham so hard, the area’s newly annual Peace Picnic doubles as the culmination of the Elephant and the Nun festival (it spans Elephant & Castle to Nunhead – geddit?). Kicking off at 1pm the picnic runs till 11pm and promises: “All you would expect from a traditional village fete and so much more – including an energetic tea dance, jumble sales, a vegetable competition and a village hall disco.” Nice. You can even play “Peckham Bingo”.
Get event listings for the full festival (already underway) at Elephant and the Nun and follow @lb_southwark for updates

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Hopefully the hot weather will resurface for the Ceri Hand Gallery’s summer fête, where over 50 artists will be selling affordable artworks for under £250 on table tops. Alongside artists’ performances, expect a wacky take on classic fête offerings including a family production line producing anarchy badges, a CV filler tombola, melting prizes from Iceland and a curatorial agony aunt service.
12-6pm, 17 August, 6 Copperfield Street, SE1. For details: @cerihandgallery

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Woo hoo for Cressingham Gardens Estate – it’s just been announced that the lovely, leafy low-rise housing complex by Brockwell Park has been recognised by the organisers of next month’s Open House for its Ted Hollamby, late 1960s-designed architecture. And good timing, with luck, as residents are in the thick of a battle to stop the council demolishing all the flats to rebuild them, rather than carry out repairs. We’ll be writing more about Open House soon, meanwhile forward plan it in your diaries: it happens over the weekend of 21-22 September.
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The final third of Scoop at More London’s summer season is now underway, and there are two free plays to see, showing five days a week. Catch the family-friendly, puppet-aided Prince of Thebes early evening or go for the full darkness of the incest-driven Oedipus and Antigone as night draws in and the children go home to bed.
Shows run Wednesdays to Sundays until 1 September. Performances of the Prince of Thebes are at 6-7pm, Oedipus and Antigone runs 8-10pm. The Scoop at More London is on the river, between HMS Belfast and City Hall, SE1. 


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