On Saturday 4th July, the pavement outside Sydenham’s Kirkdale Bookshop will be transformed into a beach, complete with deckchairs and palm trees. Between 12pm – 2pm, Levi will be signing copies of his Reggae Reggae Sauce Cookbook (HarperCollins £15.99) inside Kirkdale Bookshop.
The Sydenham Arts Festival which runs from the 3rd to 12th July 2009, will comprise of drama, dance, music and poetry performances, film screenings, celebrity book-signings, workshops and family-friendly activities.
Over forty events are set to take place in galleries, schools, shops, churches, community centres, libraries, cafes and parks within the Sydenham area.
In addition to encouraging arts groups and organisations to forge new partnerships, the festival will provide local residents from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages with the opportunity to celebrate and participate in an exciting and culturally diverse programme. Ticket prices will suit all budgets and many events will be free.
Highlights of the festival include:
Flamenco Dance Workshop (5th July): A glimpse of the rhythms & passion of flamenco through an introduction to palmas (percussive clapping) & dance, this workshop, accompanied by live guitar, will finish with a short performance by members of Viva Flamenco.
Free Film Show: The Bride of Frankenstein (7th July)An exciting programme of short films made by local film-makers will be followed by a rare screening of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) starring Sydenham’s own Elsa Lanchester and Lewisham-born Boris Karloff! The programme will be introduced by locally-based author, journalist and BBC presenter, Matthew Sweet
Picnic in the Park (12th July) a fun-packed family event in Mayow Park which includes dance, theatre, live music performances, poetry & visual arts.
The festival – a ‘celebration of artistic excellence in the local area’ – is the brainchild of local resident Jonathan Kaufman, and was inspired by the sell-out run of the Midsummer Night’s Dream he produced and directed and the Independent Booksellers’ Week held at Kirkdale Bookshop both which took place in Sydenham in 2008.
Jonathan says: “Sydenham was ready for something new and exciting, and we wanted to create a festival which would prove to the rest of London that Sydenham is more than just another London suburb. It’s a chance for all local people to connect and share the arts.”
For full festival programme listings please visit: www.sydenhamartsfestival.com.
For further information, images or to interview Jonathan Kaufman, contact Jenni Asiama at the A.M.A Consultancy on 020 8778 8824 or (e) Info@theamaconsultancy.com