The month of May will once again see the hidden corners and secret spaces of Dulwich fling open their doors to reveal a wealth of creative endeavours. Visual arts, music, comedy, theatre, literature as well as a series of walks and thought-provoking talks will be on offer during the 10-day festival. This year’s programme promises to be one not to be missed so do make a note in your diary to book tickets in April via the Festival’s web-site!
The Festival will encompass two outdoor fairs, first on Sunday 8th May the return of the ever-popular Festival Fair on Goose Green and, to close the Festival, the Dulwich Park Fair will take place on Sunday 15th May.
The Festival Artists’ Open House will again enable the huge array of artistic talent on our doorsteps to be displayed throughout Dulwich. All artists will be showing their work on the first weekend and many will continue with openings during the second weekend.
The Festival is delighted to be able to host an evening with the remarkable ceramicist Edmund de Waal who is the author of the prize-winning biography, The Hare with Amber Eyes. Edmund will talk about his work at Dulwich Picture Gallery on Thursday 12th May at 7.30pm.
A spell-binding evening is promised when Guardian columnist and bestselling author, George Monbiot will appear in the Festival on Friday 13th May.
A huge range of music will be on offer throughout the Festival from jazz, through traditional Spanish music to the haunting tones of the London Bulgarian Choir. This unique choir make a return visit to the Festival in their 10th anniversary year. This year’s scratch choral event taking place on Sunday 15th May will be Verdi’s Requiem; this will be a choral event not to be missed under the expert leadership of Leigh O’Hara, whilst the incomparable Dulwich Ukelele Club return by popular demand to curate another fun-filled evening on Saturday 7th May.
Why not take a peek at the Festival web-site once May is on the horizon and chose an event to delight in this year.
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Ian McInnes will be conducting an architectural interpretive walk on Sunday 8th May – Woodwarde Walk – featuring Woodwarde Road. Meet at 2.30pm at the junction of Woodwarde Road/Calton Avenue.
This year the annual Tree Walk will again be led by Letta Jones, well known for her vast knowledge of trees and plants. Only walk through the College Park Gates, through which you have passed so many times, to find you have missed ten things before you have gone twenty paces. We all know about the loss of the canopy of the Zelkova at the College crossroads, but did you know there are two more Zelkovas within those twenty paces? Not so handsome perhaps, and from Japan, rather the Caucasus. Letta tells us fascinating things about ordinary trees too. Saturday May 14th Meet at 2.30pm College Road Gate.
Brian Green will be giving a talk on the Life and Times of Richard Randall - the eighteenth century musician who, for twenty years was both the organist at Christ’s Chapel and a professional musician on the London stage where he sang many of Handel’s oratorios at Royal Command performances. (see Brian’s article on page 18). The talk will be accompanied by musical interludes performed by Marilyn Harper on the same organ Richard Randall played on 1762. Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich Village 3pm Sunday 15th May. Tickets £4