Peter has very kindly agreed to a guest post to let you all know about what’s happening in the Camberwell Arts Festival over the next few days.
The Big Event in Myatts Field on Saturday was a wonderful opening to the Festival ( HUGE thanks to Laura and the team at Home Live Arts) with a real celebratory feel. The piano on Camberwell Green is also proving to be a hit — around 20 people were gathered there for the Scratch Choir practice yesterday evening. Fitting the Festival’s theme of ‘Make Your Own Damn Festival’, the Scratch Choir is made up of any random soul who turns up, and will be giving a final performance on the Green on Friday evening. In the meantime, the piano is there for all other random souls to play and sing as the mood takes them. On Thursday evening there will be an ‘All-Comers Concert’ so get down there if you can play, or even if you can’t.
If you fancy being musically creative in other ways, on Wednesday evening the Complaints Chorus will be setting people’s Camberwell moans and groans to music in the Arts Bar. Drop in to air your grievnaces, and hang around to see comedian James Sherwood’s take on the area later in the evening.
If music ain’t your bag, then no fear becuase there’s other ways to get creative instead. This evening people can drop into the Arts Bar to make posters to hang in windows (you can do this at other venues around Camberwell throughout the Festival too, such as Hosue cafe). On Wednesday there will be a life drawing class with a difference at the Castle — burlesque artistes and others will be your models as they perform. And, if you’re still not satisfied with these creative opportunites then get down the Sun and Doves on Thursday evening for a spot of knitting as the Stitch and Bitch crew challenge you to ‘Knit Your Own Damn Festival’!
For those of you not seeking creative outlets, then you might want to try some of the more traditional events — the kind where you can just sit back and appreciate other people’s artistic talents. Every evening from Tuesday to Friday there will be tours of the Camberwell School of Art Summer Show given by artists and others who will pick out their favourites from what is always an exciting show. Be in the Art School foyer at 6.30pm to join a tour.
For something really civilised, then head down to the Grove Chapel on Thursday evening for a concert of ‘light classics’. Alternatively, head over to the Marlborough for a bit of madness at Creative Routes’ Muses Cafe.
Hopefully, that will be enough to keep you busy over the next few days. We’ll post again soon to let you know what’s coming up over the weekend. We’d love to hear comments from anyone who has attended any of the events in the meantime.
All events in the Festival are free. Full info and details about venues can be found on our website here: http://www.camberwellarts.org.uk/ (apologies for poor links — just scroll down the page to see everything).
Melanie (Camberwell Arts)