The Festival will run from 10th- 19th May with a celebration of the Arts, Music and Literature. As always, the Festival also celebrates the local artistic community with the ever-popular Artists’ Open House taking place across both weekends when over 200 local artists invite the public into their homes and studios, providing a close up and personal dialogue and insight into their art.
The Festival is also a celebration of the local history and architecture as Dulwich treasures such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Bell House, Dulwich College and Christ Chapel play host to events.
For music lovers, The Harlem Meer Cats are back! Recreating the music heard at the Cotton Club in the 1920s and 30s, these musicians play the great hits of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway among others. The sounds are infectious, mysterious, seductive, at times menacing, yet always swinging! Dancers will be most welcome, as indeed they will be at the ever-popular Festival Ceilidh.
Adam Norsworthy also returns to the Festival after two previous sold-out shows. Regarded by many as one of the country’s finest Blues singer-songwriters, he will be playing a first set with LSO second violinist Tom Norris and then a full band set with his group The Mustangs, one of the UK’s most established Blues bands.
Over 400 years old, Christ’s Chapel is one of Dulwich’s hidden gems and will be hosting both a Chapel Organ open afternoon, featuring the exquisite organ built in 1759. Onyx Brass will also perform at the alluring venue.
The wonderfully uplifting Festival of Choirs will also feature in this year’s line-up.
For younger members of the community the children’s art competition and concert return plus Kingsdale will play host again to the Youth Concert where local schools/music groups showcase their incredibly talented young musicians.
Tommy Foggo - Superhero is a magical multi-media tale of a life saved by music based on a true story, composed by award-winning Stephen Deazley and ‘extraordinary cellist, virile baritone and compelling actor” (Daily Telegraph), Matthew Sharp.
You can learn more about Dulwich’s Street Art through the Street Art Walk. Other walks taking place throughout the Festival include Ian McInnes ‘insight into Dulwich’s Georgian heritage’, Lette Jones’s Tree Walk and Brian Green’s History walk.
The Handlebards are a troupe of cycling actors who perform a charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays across the globe. Join them for their original take on Much Ado About Nothing. Also taking inspiration from the great Bard, Tim Crouch will perform his one man show, I Malvolio which re-imagines Twelfth Night from the point of view of Shakespeare’s pent up steward.
The Dulwich Festival would not survive without the huge amount of support and enthusiasm by the organisers and volunteers. If you would like to join the happy team, please do get in touch. Your festival needs you!
Booking is highly recommended for all Festival events, which tend to sell out ahead of the Festival itself so please visit the website for all information: www.dulwichfestival.co.uk