After a spectacular event in June 2017, the Crystal Palace Festival returns this summer to thrill Londoners again with one of the biggest FREE cultural events in south London. The arts and culture festival has been lauded for its excellence in programming and its friendly atmosphere and organisers are stepping things up even more for 2018!
Festival events will take place across the Crystal Palace area from 11–17 June 2018 with the free Crystal Palace park event taking place on 16 June 2018. This Grade II listed heritage park has been the scene of many a free concert, and 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 1990 with The Cure and Pixies.
With 28,500 visitors to the 2017 event in the park, organisers are expecting even bigger crowds on 16 June 2018 as they return with a fantastic line up of music, spoken word, theatre, visual arts, family and community activities and of course amazing food and drink.
Festival director Noreen Meehan said “We are passionate about bringing music and the arts back to Crystal Palace Park so we are really excited about securing such great headliners, Stereo MC’s and Polarbear. The whole park programme will be announced in early April and more festival events in the coming weeks.
2017 was an amazing year for us with the line up and the move to Crystal Palace Park proving so popular. We are looking to build on that success so we have been working on hard on creating some new content for our lovely audience to enjoy.
For example the Village Green will feature all that’s amazing about our very active community with fantastic choirs and bands from the Crystal Palace area, dance workshops, our Think Pawsitive Dog Show and much more from our great community groups. There will be tons more to see and do so stay tuned and put it in your diary now!”
The week long festival includes mainly free events organised by local traders, pubs, community groups, schools and churches across 11–17 June 2018. The organisers also bring the festival to places and people it might not reach with their outreach and participatory arts projects.
The festival’s outreach and participatory arts work has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England, Croydon Council and Bromley Council. Projects include an intergenerational dance piece that will culminate in a promenade performance in the park, and concerts by the London Mozart Players in local care homes, the park children’s farm and Crystal Palace railway station.
So you don’t miss a thing at this exciting and innovative festival, sign up for programme updates now at the website crystalpalacefestival.org.