Festival in the Forest

Corin writes:

Hello all, This Sunday Devonshire Road Nature Reserve is hosting a family friendly music festival. If you know The Reserve you'll know how deceptively large, peaceful and safe it is. If you don't, come on down, and find out!

The live music covers most flavours of country: traditional, bluegrass, acoustic and rock. Food and drink will be available. Tickets are available here or you can pay on the door. Hope to see you there!

Beecroft Summer Fair 2015

Pink Sinks

Local artist Lionel Stanhope has been given permission to paint over the giant pink hoardings of Crofton Park and plans a hoarding-painting party in July. If you're an artist and would like to get involved, hit him up on Twitter here.

Lewisham People's Day 2015

Lewisham Council writes:

Legendary UK reggae star Tippa Irie heads stellar line up for People’s Day 2015

Grammy nominated music star Tippa Irie leads a unique mix of musicians and artists set to thrill thousands at south east London’s biggest free festival.

People’s Day, in association with L&Q Housing, returns to Mountsfield Park, Catford on Saturday 11 July. Gates open at 12 noon and the entertainment runs until 8pm.

Now in its 31st year, festival goers can once again expect to be well entertained throughout the day by a succession of some of the best talent to be found in Lewisham and south east London. They will be performing a range of music from folk, jazz and funk through to rock, reggae and classical across seven stages. Artists include UK Garage star Oggie who hails from Lewisham, Kodar, South London Samba and Drumheads, The Divettes, Mogadiso, Felix’s Rock Choir and the Rude Vandals.

Other attractions include international food stalls, refreshment tents, a craft market, a kid’s zone, community garden, funfair and a big new playground. There will also be bread baking (to take home), swing dancing at a gramophone disco, racquet-making followed by a game of tennis, a Zumba class, summer seeds pot planting, the chance to join a Samba procession, make a giant flower sculpture, meet a massive meerkat and pose in a photo booth.

Full details here.

The Brockley Open Studios 2015

From the series "The Cars of Manor Avenue" by Reuben Thurnhill
July 4th / 5th - 2-8pm
July 6th - 5-8pm

The Brockley Open Studios takes place this weekend.

A little smaller than in recent years and without the participation of Biddy Bunzl, whose house is a work of art in its own right, the event nonetheless has 30 participating artists and is always a summer highlight.

This year, St Peter's Church will also be showcasing artists' work on Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for the details of the event, including a map of participating artists.

The Brockley Street Art Festival mapped


@littlejungleman has done a very good thing and mapped all the Brockley Street Art Festival works, so that you can do the street art tour. The event produced so much good work and created a new artistic spine for the area.

Bellydancing and dining at the Brockley Mess

The Brockley Mess, which used to get twitchy if a baby buggy wheel rolled over an imaginary line from the cafe area to the gallery area, has decided to let it all hang out, by hosting bellydancing nights, in partnership with local pop-up Turkish restaurateur Olly. They say:

An exciting collaboration with Olly’s Turkish and Ninoushka Bellydance promising to be a great evening that brings together dancing, music and food! So work up an appetite by wiggling and shimmying with Nina before sitting down to a Turkish meal!

The evening will consist of an introductory bellydance session, where you will learn a fun and easy dance to an upbeat piece of music which we will all dance together. No restrictions for age, gender or fitness level, we want you to all come and enjoy yourselves. The gents are more than welcome to join too.

The event is on August 1st. Tickets here.

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