Dulwich Festival

7-16 May 2010

Now in its eighteenth year, the Dulwich Festival once again promises musical treats, bracing walks, a feast of art and rip-roaring comedy to boot!

Radio 4 regular, Ian McMillan makes a special visit to the Festival to bring his own brand of wit and wisdom. He appears at All Saint’s Church on Thursday 13th May, with a band of lively musicians poised with fiddles, accordions, whistles and hurdy-gurdy for an evening of music and verse exploring subjects as diverse as a Russian heat-wave and a quarryman’s hardhat! Not to be missed!

The Festival will this year take us on an exploration of contemporary responses throughout the arts. Artists Open House will once again fling open the doors of many artists living and working throughout Dulwich. A series of new short plays will be presented upstairs at the Crown and Greyhound on Saturday 15th May whilst earlier in the Festival a number of leading poets will be presenting work in response to the Paul Nash exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Three excellent comics will also offer their own view of contemporary life again at the Crown and Greyhound on Friday 14th May.

A whole host of musical delights are in store including a visit by Baroque Encounter on Sunday 9th May to the Old Library at Dulwich College as they explore a musical view of Handel’s London. Early music for harpsichord and violin will also feature in the Cream Tea Crescendo on Friday 14th May at 4pm at St John’s Goose Green. Wigmore Hall regulars, Piano 4 Hands will bring their own brand of performance to JAGS Holst Hall on Wednesday 12th May at 7pm. You can kick off your heels for an evening of high-energy Ceroc at the Parish Hall on Saturday 15th May or catch the fun of the children’s concert earlier in the day at 11am at All Saint’s Church. The ever-popular Dulwich Ukelele Club will curate an evening of raucous musical fun on Saturday 8th May at the Magnolia, expect skiffle bands, dancing girls and a riotous show from this great big band with tiny, tiny guitars! As capacity is limited, do visit the website in early April to secure your seats for this and many other treats in store!


Alpha Hopkins