The Dulwich Festival may not be presenting any live events this year, however the ever-popular Children’s Art Competition and the inaugural Festival Flash Fiction Competition, for all ages, will be accepting entries online, until Friday 8th May. This could be a perfect activity to while away a few hours during lockdown.

From protecting our oceans and natural environment to reducing plastic on our local high street; it’s time to think about the future. This year’s Children’s Art Competition celebrates Sustainability. What does SUSTAINABILITY mean to you? It could be saying no to fast fashion; changing eating habits; cutting down on plastic; switching off the lights; walking or taking public transport.

Children of all ages may enter and winners will receive vouchers from the Art Stationers in Dulwich Village.

If writing is more your thing, then why not try your hand at the Flash Fiction Competition. Write a story of 400 words max on any theme of your choosing. The competition is open to adults and children alike and there are great cash prizes to be won. Entries will be judged by spoken word poet, Nick Makhoa and local authors, Alice Castle and Marianne Kavanagh.

There will still be the opportunity to enjoy a Festival walk this Spring in the form of a podcast due to be released in the week commencing 11th May.  Local historian and Festival veteran, Brian Green, will be offering up a fascinating history of Dulwich.

For further information on the competitions and Brian’s Podcast, please visit the website

Great North Woods by Simon Lunn