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The Dulwich Festival

The Dulwich Festival returns this spring (11-20 May) with the theme of ‘Celebration’ and promises to be bigger and better than ever to mark its 25th year. Highlights include rap royalty, The Last Poets, celebrating 50 years together; an evening with author Jane Robinson, celebrating the centenary of the Suffragettes; and a celebration of atoms, big bangs and DNA with award winning writer & performer, John Hinton’s, Ensonglopedia of Science. Over ten terrific days, the festival will showcase art & culture in the various wonderful hidden gems to be found in Dulwich. Dulwich, which pre-dates the Domesday book, has always had a vibrant community and been a pioneer for the arts. Dulwich Picture Gallery was the world’s first public art gallery when it was established over 200 years ago. The Dulwich Picture Gallery won’t be alone in opening its doors at this year’s Festival, over 250 local artists will once again welcome the public into their homes and studios for the Artist’s Open House, taking place across both weekends, providing a unique insight into their …

The Last Word: Nic Kemp, co-founder of Oomami

Nic Kemp is the co-founder of Oomami, a consultancy for film, video & broadcast companies to help them expand and streamline their creative processes through technology and innovation. She also runs a gluten free blog Eggainst The Grain which is full of nutritional child friendly recipes and advice. She lives with with her partner, Matt, and their two young daughters. How long have you lived in the area? About 13 years. What brought you here? We had the opportunity to rent a friends 3 bedroom house in Ladywell for the same price as I was paying for a room in Shoreditch. We then had kids and decided to stay and settle in Honor Oak. What has changed most during that time? Places to eat and drink! When we first arrived, we never really hung out locally as there wasn’t much here. The Ladywell Tavern was the only pub really near us and was pretty dire then, though we did love the old Mr Lawrence’s. I remember when Jam Circus and The Orchard opened – it …

The Last Word: Matt & Ubie

We are West Dulwich residents, Matt and Ubie. Matt moved to Dulwich back in 2001. We had a whirlwind romance having met in Hong Kong. We got married in 2017 and Ubie moved over permanently then. Matt has worked in investment in London for many years. Ubie is an artist and teacher. We have been really enjoying getting our different skills together and launching our art class business in the local area! What brought you here? We don’t have roots here, but Matt has worked in London for many years. So, it was all about getting on the housing ladder! Believe it or not, back in 2001, West Dulwich seemed very good value for money. It probably still is, albeit relatively speaking, compared to other London suburbs of course! How long have you lived in the area? Over 15 years. When I bought my home here I didn’t foresee living here quite this long! But, Dulwich surroundings are so great, with proximity to London and all its attractions, but also a sense of leafiness and …

Around Dulwich – April news!

Of all the school holidays, the Easter break is probably my favourite. It’s longer than half term and spring is – usually – in the air, although the recent spell of cold weather brings no reassurance that there will be any sunshine on offer this year! Last month, my son’s school closed for 2 snow days and parents flocked to the Horniman to sledge race down the snowy hills with their little ones. It was fun for the first hour or so, but then the frost set in and many of us took to hiding under a blanket on the sofa until it melted. However, I did manage to get out and discover a few exciting new places in March. The first is Grounds & Grapes, a fab little wine bar opposite Honor Oak station. If good wine, cheese, and gin are your thing then do pop in! Aneto Café on East Dulwich Road is now open in the evenings and Angela and I had an amazing dinner there with friends. I’ll definitely be going …

The Last Word: Lol Johnson, Photographer

Lol Johnson is a local professional photographer whose work mainly revolves around interiors and kids. When not busy artily draping a throw, or coaxing kids into throwing a pose, she can be found out and about with her husband and kids or jogging around the local parks. How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? I’ve been a South Londoner ever since I made the move from my hometown of Newcastle in 1996, but made the move to Forest Hill just before the birth of my first child in 2006. It was the only place we could afford to buy a property! It’s not quite so affordable now. What has changed most during that time? What do you most value about the area/street you live in? What one thing would you change? Property prices! And transport links – the East London Line makes central London much more accessible, but the best thing about Forest Hill is one of it’s oldest institutions – The Horniman Museum and I’m lucky enough to live …