MUST DO: Deptford Lounge’s third birthday

Celebrations kicked off last weekend. Here's why you should support this pioneering south-east community hub

Giffin Square performance
Performance in Giffin Square. Photo: PR

This month, important south London community space Deptford Lounge reaches its third birthday. And to mark the occasion, expect four weeks of special events and offers (not to mention a mahoosive red bow wrapped around the building).

The festivities started last weekend with a spectacular release of several hundred orange and white balloons; other things to look out for include an exhibition of framed fish collages by John Kraft, on display until March 21, and Something Human’s programme of film screenings, Art21 (Art in the 21st Century), taking place throughout the month.

Deptford, exterior. Photo: PR
Deptford Lounge, exterior. Photo: PR

Not familiar with the Lounge exactly? Well, it provides a range of services including a public library, study areas, a café, room hire and a roof-top ball court. Situated just off the high street, it’s part of an innovative development which shares facilities with the primary school Tidemill Academy, and includes Resolution, a development of apartments, artist studios and a gallery.

It also offers a programme of creative events, in partnership with the Albany, the arts centre a two minute walk away, whose history (dating back to the 19th century) is long embedded in the local community.

Oh, and if you’ve got kids don’t miss The Boy Who Bit Picasso, which is playing at the Lounge on Thursday April 9th and Friday 10th. It’s an interactive theatre show (ages 4+) telling the story of how a young boy becomes friends with Pablo Picasso.

Coinciding with this is an exhibition, Loving Pablo, of abstract art portraits created by the students of Tidemill Academy, which runs from March 26th to April 17th.

Find the Lounge at 9 Giffin Street, London SE8 More details and opening times here or call 020 8692 4446

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