While it seems that almost every postcode of note these days boasts an annual arts festie, it’s impressive that this genuine longrunner has reached the grand old age of 21. Props indeed.
This year taking place from 20th-28th June, once again it’s a week-long smorgasbord of all things creative, meaning – wahey! – open house for local cafes, bars, pubs and many of the area’s artier households. Events include a market, public art commissions, exhibitions and fringe performances ranging from comedy and music, to spoken word and film.
Some highlights? Well, we’re big fans of park benches here at London Belongs To Me, and a potential draw for us is surely the ten local artists who have been commissioned to design picnic benches for a feast of public artworks across SE5’s parks, estates and public spaces.
Then – ‘cos you’ll need a drink, right? – there’s the ‘Camberwell Family Gin Palace’, which follows the hoary old Victorian tradition of mother’s ruin across London. Artist Frog Morriss will bring together members of the community to create colourful stained glass windows for the local bars and shops of today.
Also, don’t miss the ‘Art Takeaway’, curated by Kay Sentance of the Art Wash collective, who’ll be hi-jacking a mysterious commercial space for the duration. All we know is that this piece “comments upon the way we often consume art as we do fast food”. Okaaay.
Finally: the lovely Mini Moderns who we interviewed here are creating an exclusive range of festival merchandise. All profits raised go straight back to the charity.
Appetite whetted? All info on the festival is here. Camberwell Arts will also be providing guided Studio tours across the weekend. Stay tuned to @CamberwellArts for more details.