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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 …

Horniman Museum and Gardens – April events

Exhibitions Colour: The Rainbow Revealed 10 February-28 October Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is an award-winning exhibition exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. Be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived, discover how animals use colour to attract and hide, and look into how different colours mean many different things for people across the planet. The exhibition is also full of family-friendly displays and interactive games including an Art Machine for you to create your own vibrant masterpiece, a Mood Room with multi-coloured lights, and a Colour Café to learn why only certain colours tempt our taste buds. Ticket prices: Child £4.40; Adult £7.70: Family (2 adults, 2 children) £18.70. Prices include voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation. Standard prices also available. Horniman Members and Benefactors enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition. For more information and to book tickets go to www.horniman.ac.uk. Horniman Butterfly House 10am-5pm March to October Last admission 30 minutes before closing. See the website for seasonal opening times. Get up close with hundreds of beautiful butterflies in …

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 …

East Dulwich Wall Mural

What is it? In partnership with Southwark Council, Dulwich Outdoor Gallery and The Dulwich Festival, we are inviting entries from artists to add some colour and cheer up the area around East Dulwich Train Station. Why are we doing it? An action group comprising of East Dulwich businesses, market traders and residents are creating a brand celebrating the independent spirit of East Dulwich. We have been awarded a grant by the London Borough of Southwark and will be sourcing additional funds from within the business and residential community. The mural will be part of a wider project which includes community lead enhancements to North Cross Road Market and installations of lamp post banners. The overriding aim is also to identify the area geographically for residents, retailers, local businesses and visitors, whilst strengthening ties between all members of the community, invoking civic pride and helping to drive the local economy. The project has the backing of Southwark Councillors, Southwark’s Environment and Social Regeneration Department, Network Rail, The Dulwich Festival, Dulwich Outdoor Gallery and local residents and …