The festival was back (live and in- person) for the first time in 3 years, with a new Festival Director (Annie Mitchell), taking over from Alpha Hopkins after 18 years in the role.
Annie was supported by a wonderful team including many festival team members who have participated in the past, as well as new team members including 2 x new Artist Open House Coordinators and 2 x Goose Green Fair Coordinators.
The festival ran from the 13 - 22 May, and included:
44 x ticketed events at venues across Dulwich Village, Herne Hill and West Dulwich.
- Popular events included the HandleBards picnic performance of Twelfth Night on the Jags playing fields, Clare Chambers talking about her book ‘Small Pleasures’ and the ever- popular Festival Ceilidh.
- Dulwich Society members also ran very popular events, including Brian Green’s talk Hell’s Bells - Dulwich Picture Gallery & WW2, and Ian McInnes’s Mid Century architecture walk, both sell- outs.
- This year saw the launch of the festival pop- up of festival clubs: A comedy club at the Crown and Greyhound, a jazz club at the East Dulwich Tavern and a wellness hub at Oru Space on Lordship Lane.
- The festival also included a ‘Family Day’ in the village, with many free and ticketed events for people of all ages. The Children’s Classical Concert and Family Magic show were very popular
Artists’ Open House
- 4 days of Artists Open House, including over 400 visual artists and 139 venues
- There were 17 different artforms including - Ceramics, Crafts, Design, Fine Art, Furniture, Glass, Illustration, Interiors, Jewellery, Performance, Photography, Prints, Recycling, Sculpture, Street Art, Textiles and Upcycling
- Bell House curated a wonderful show ‘Ways of Seeing Green’ hosting 30 artists
- Dulwich Prep London hosted the former international fashion designer turned sculptor Nicole Farhi
- Pawel Wasek was our front cover artist
7 x Free fairs/open days/family days
- This included Dulwich Park Fair, Goose Green Fair, West Dulwich Street Fair, South London Makers Festival, Dulwich Picture Gallery Open Day, London Wildlife trust Orchard Day and the Dulwich Festival’s first ever children’s art exhibition
- The Children’s Art exhibition was hosted generously by Belair House. 400 children from across the area submitted artworks to reflect the theme of ‘awakening’
- The fairs were all a big hit and provided wonderful FREE entertainment across the weekends.
3 x community engagement programmes, including an art competition, Flash Fiction and a Youth Musical Gala at Kingsdale School.
Audiences and involvement
The people of Dulwich came back in droves, with many events selling out well before the festival started. In terms of involvement, there were over 100 locals who were key contributors. The festival saw 3000 active participants in the form of performers, stall holders and artists. And over the 10 days, we saw an attendance of 50,000 people.
Huge congratulations and well done to everyone who was involved.
The festival was a wonderful success on all counts, and the team are now focussed on planning for the 2023 event, which will be the 30th anniversary.