Artists’ Open House, 14 – 15 May
11am – 6pm
Over 200 artists throw open the doors of their homes and studios to show their work in an intimate setting. Work on display ranges from paintings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics to jewellery and furniture. Find details and maps in the Artists’ Open House booklet, available free in local shops, libraries, bars and cafés. In and around Dulwich. Free event.
Louis Masai Live Street Art Painting, 13 – 15 May
10am – Dusk
Watch street artist, Louis Masai, renowned worldwide for his exquisite renditions of endangered wildlife, paint the covering of the entrance to the old railway tunnel in Sydenham Hill Wood, a Local Nature Reserve to draw attention to the plight of the brown long-eared bat which lives in the tunnel, but which is heading for extinction. Masai, also a fine artist, includes references to a 400 year old wooded landscape by Adam Pynacker hanging in Dulwich Picture Gallery.
From entrance to Sydenham Hill Wood on Crescent Wood Road follow path down to old railway tunnel Free event. Kindly supported by Dulwich Going Greener.
Contemporary Radicals, Friday 13 May
Who are our contemporary radicals? What part can we all play in shaping our society today? In 1616 Edward Alleyn had a vision to help shape many lives; not everyone
in authority concurred with his view. Join a lively event to hear from the founder of Magic Breakfast, Carmel MacConnell MBE, Chair of the Black Cultural Archives, Dawn Hill, the founder of Brass for Africa, Jim Trott and Trustee of Link Age Southwark, Neville De Souza. Come and add your voice to the debate. St Barnabas Parish Hall. Tickets (include refreshment): £8, concession £6
Festival of Choirs, Friday 13 May
7.40pm / Performance 8pm
An evening of three choirs, all celebrating the human voice in their own different ways. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir are staff from across the workforce, from doctors and nurses to porters and administrators. They were Christmas number 1, proving that they are the most popular choir in Britain. Support comes from the Hasty Nymphs, an all- female group of South London friends singing early music to Gershwin, Broadway to soul. The show kicks off with ebullient local favourites Note-Orious, with an eclectic mix of pop hits, indie classics and West End musicals. Holst Hall, JAGS, East Dulwich Grove. Tickets: £6.
Love West Dulwich Fair, Saturday 14 May
10am – 5pm
Celebrating the uniqueness of SE21, the West Dulwich Fair will highlight the quintessential character of the area, its people and exciting mix of independent businesses, mixing art, culture, fashion and fun for all the family. Park Hall Road, Croxted Road & Rosendale Road. Free event.
Francis Plug + Paul Ewen: Shakespeare Never Did This, Saturday 14 May
Hilary Mantel has called Francis Plug ‘a force of nature…sage, bard and prophet: he is in addition a random menace…’ As bards go, he’s certainly no Shakespeare. But having personally met over 30 Booker Prize- winners, he has very ‘interesting’ views on the life of the modern author. Hopefully he’ll reveal all at Belair House. Just don’t tell him there’s a bar. (Fortunately, Paul Ewen will be on hand to smooth over any slurs and pay for any damages). Belair House, Gallery Road, SE21 7AB. Tickets: £8, concession £6.
Dawn Chorus Walk, Saturday 14 May
An early morning bird walk in the woods, to listen out for the many species of birds that use the woods at this time of year. Sydenham Hill Wood is a part ancient and secondary woodland with a diverse structure of habitats rich in biodiversity. Take time to tune into the aural ambience of this very special landscape. Meeting point is inside the southern entrance to Sydenham Hill Wood on Crescent Wood Road Tickets: £6, concession £4.
Children’s Concert: The Biggest Drum! Saturday 14 May
11am – 12pm
South London Symphonic Winds, conducted by Bob Bridges, presents the excitement of Mary Poppins, Wallace & Gromit and the ‘huge’ drum and percussion section of Southwark Concert Band. Children are invited to don fancy dress, join the Grand March and conduct the band. St Barnabas Parish Hall, Dulwich Village. Tickets: children FREE (12 and under), adults £10, concessions £7.
Street Art Walk, Saturday 14 May
Over twenty of the world’s leading street artists have been invited to Dulwich Picture Gallery to study the Baroque paintings and reinterpret them in their own style on walls and pavements around Dulwich creating Dulwich Outdoor Gallery. See some of these street works and the paintings that inspired them, and discuss street art with the organiser, Ingrid Beazley.
Meet at Vale End, SE22, opposite East Dulwich station. Ends at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Tickets: £9, concessions £7, Dulwich Picture Gallery Friends, students and under 18s £5 (includes entry to Dulwich Picture Gallery).
Shoe Kangaroo and the Big Bad Boot, Saturday 14 May
A fantastical tale of the secret life of shoes – what do they get up to when you are not there. Magical transformations and beautifully crafted shoe puppets combine in this bizarre, funny and imaginative show from Garlic Theatre. Suitable for all ages over 4. St Barnabas Parish Hall. Tickets: £8, under 16s £5, family £15 (2 adults + 2 children).
Dulwich Park Fair, Sunday 15 May
Dulwich Park Fair, now in its 9th year, gets bigger and better each year and this time will have a surprise performance from the Dulwich Time travel Project! It is a traditional country style fair and will have all the popular attractions such as the Steam Fair rides, Vauxhall City Farm, Punch and Judy and the Magician. The stage by the café will feature local musicians, brass bands, choirs and dance acts of all ages. There will be a great variety of food from roast hog to Argentinian steaks to fresh crepes, interesting craft and charity stalls and a chance to sample local beers, wines and cider. Dulwich Park. Free event. Please note: There is no parking available.
Levon Chilingirian & Carole Presland, Sunday 15 May
A thrilling programme to celebrate the strong cultural exchange we continue to enjoy within Europe will open with Handel’s colourful Sonata in D Major, No 13 and continue with Edvard Grieg’s bold Sonata in C Minor, Op 45 which explores his rich native Norwegian folk melodies. The concert will conclude with Elgar’s dramatic Violin Sonata which was written during the first of the two World Wars which led to the creation of the European Community and a more peaceful Europe. Acclaimed violinist Levon Chilingirian OBE is professor of violin and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. Pianist Carole Presland has performed worldwide and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A truly memorable afternoon with two outstanding musicians awaits. The Old Library, Dulwich College. Tickets (include refreshment): £15, concession £12, under 18s £6.