The Dulwich Festival returns from 8th to 17th May celebrating Art, Music, Literature and the great outdoors for all the family. This year the green pastures of Dulwich are going even greener with the increasingly topical theme of Sustainability.

There are a number of events lined up as part of the Festival's 2020 sustainability programme. Dr Tom Best will be in conversation with Professor Nigel Dunnett exploring how design relates to well-being in both interior and landscape design in the creation of the new Critical Care Unit at King's College Hospital. The talk takes place in the elegant setting of Bell House and visitors will also have a chance to see the beautiful gardens.

Festival veteran Brian Green has planned a special historic talk to mark VE Day on 8th May. Thereafter the Festival will release its first podcast walk to be led by Brian, available via the website.

A number of walks will be taking place throughout the Festival include an insight into Dulwich’s Georgian heritage, a fascinating Street Art Walk and a lively exploration of Dulwich’s literary heritage. A new Shakespeare Tree Trail will be launched at Dulwich Park Fair as part of the 3rd Urban Tree Festival and will be a permanent resource for people to access.

There are two competitions running with the theme of Sustainability for Dulwich’s younger residents. The Children’s Art Competition will return and a new Schools Sculpture Competition will be launched in association with Plastic-Free East Dulwich. Local artist Katrina Russell-Adams will lead the project and final sculptures will be exhibited at the Fair in Dulwich Park.

Also coming to this year’s Dulwich Park Fair is Glam; a vibrant dance and circus cabaret featuring acrobatics, disco, feathers and glitter by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre & Van Huynh Company. This colourful performance highlights the power of bringing people together through dance and popular music and is accessible to all ages and backgrounds.

The Festival also celebrates the local artistic community with the ever-popular Artists’ Open House taking place across both weekends when over 200 artists invite the public into their homes and studios, providing a fascinating insight into their art.

For music lovers, the Mississippi Swap Dogs, regulars at leading jazz venues, will perform at the Copper Beach Café playing jazz of the early masters like Louis Armstrong through to the music of such giants as Fats Domino and Doctor John. The wonderful Festival Ceilidh night returns on 9th May as does the fabulous Festival of Choirs on 15th May.

James Riley and his Band will bring their exuberant style to this year’s Festival. James followed his roots back to Nashville for a short trip - which ended up becoming a 2-year odyssey. Whilst in Tennessee he met Grammy-winning producer Matthew Odmark, and recorded his debut album Transatlantica which is set to be released this March.

 The Festival Fair on Goose Green will provide fun for all the family with a wide range of stalls and activities including the much- loved donkey rides. Kingswood House will run a series of events for all the family exploring all things green, whilst Dulwich Park Fair along with ‘Love West Dulwich Fair’ will take place on the final weekend of the Festival with a whole array of entertainment for all the family.

For more information please contact: Jules Parker - Festival Press Officer | 07958 397 935