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North vs South to make historic Pools anniversary

Swimmers from two of London’s most iconic open air swimming pools will compete in a mini gala organised as part of the 80th anniversary of their opening. The celebrations start at 4.00pm Saturday 8th July at Brockwell Park Lido. Art Deco landmarks, Brockwell Lido and Parliament Hill Lidos opened within a year of each other in 1937 and 1938 respectively. Historically the two lidos had annual races pitching south London against north, up until the late 60s. On Saturday 8th July 2017 races will run 4:45pm – 5:15pm. Mike Johnstone, aka Lido Mike, said: “The 80 year anniversary is a great time to revive the north vs south London races. Come along and support your Lido team. We hope this will become an annual event in the London swimming calendar.” North and South London swim teams will compete across a range of distances and strokes and competitors will be grouped by age.

Bizet’s Carmen comes to Herne Hill

Dulwich Opera Company are bringing Bizet’s classic tale of love and revenge to the Oak Room at Herne Hill School this July. This young and vibrant company have devised a brand new chamber adaptation of Bizet’s classic, which will be touring South East England this summer. Featuring a cast of young professional singers making role debuts, sung in French with English surtitles, with international conductor, Jeremy Silver, directing the music from the piano. The company is delighted to reunite the creative team behind their highly acclaimed production of Così fan tutte, which is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer, Leah Sams. Between them, they bring a great deal of experience to the production, having worked for many of the major opera and theatre companies here in the UK and abroad. Premièred in 1875, Bizet’s Carmen remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous Habanera, Toreador song, and Flower Song. Based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, the opera tells the story of …

2017 Crystal Palace Overground Festival heralds the return of the free festival to Crystal Palace Park!

Crystal Palace Park has been the scene of many a free concert and additionally the bowl has a long history of legendary gigs from the very beginning in 1967 when Pink Floyd performed all the way up to the famous Bob Marley concert in 1980 and finally in 1999 with the last concert by Pixies. This summer sees the return of the free festival to the landmark park with the relaunch of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival on 17 June 2017. The festival will take place in the heart of the park and 10,000 festival visitors are expected from all over London. Festival Director Noreen Meehan says “We have a gorgeous site in the park which we are very excited about and an amazing line up including Morcheeba as headliners for the main stage!” Morcheeba’s involvement came about by happy accident with Ross Godfrey from the band hearing about the festival from a mutual friend. Ross says “Crystal Palace Park has always been a magical place for me and deeply connected to music. I attended …

Local Comic Brings Internationally Renowned Acts to New Weekly Comedy Night

Once a comedy hub, Forest Hill will rise again in the stand-up world if Robyn Perkins, a local resident, has anything to say about it. Perkins, who has been rated 5-stars by Voice Mag, brings with her three years of successful comedy nights around London, to launch a weekly comedy night on Tuesday nights at The Honor Oak Pub, SE23, called Laugh Train Home. Starting on June 13th, the Laugh Train Home host will welcome Edinburgh preview shows from TV credited acts including John Robins (Mock the Week, Radio X), Ivo Graham (Live at the Apollo), Dane Baptiste (Hither Green superstar, writer of BBC sitcom Sunny D, Live at the Apollo & more), Sarah Kendall (two time Edinburgh Award nominee), Tom Deacon (Capital FM Breakfast Show host), and Ellie Taylor (Live at the Apollo). Previews will be running until the Fringe starts from 8-10pm at the pub; tickets are £5 in advance / £7 at the door. Starting September 5th, Laugh Train Home’s pro comedy nights will commence and will run weekly; tickets will be …

Italian Literary Evening at Village Books

Village Books of Dulwich Village present Lucy Foley, author of The Invitation and Louisa Young, author of Devotion as they chat and discuss all things Italian on Tuesday 13th June at 7pm. We’ll be serving prosecco and arancini throughout the evening. The Invitation is a sweeping love story set during the 1950s in Italy, filled with mystery, glamour and danger. ‘A seductive love tale’ says the Sunday Times Style magazine. Devotion is a novel of family, love, race and politics set during the electric change of the 1930s.  The third book in the series set in the difficult years between the two World Wars, this is a novel of love, family, race and politics in the 1930s. ‘Young expertly weaves politics, race and loyalty into the family’s narrative’  says the Observer Tickets are £8 and include prosecco and arancini. Book tickets here: