Peckham Festival returns for its seventh year across the weekend of 15th-17th September 2023. The free hyper-local event celebrates creative and cultural Peckham and endeavours to create a cohesive and inclusive community through active cultural and artistic engagement. This year’s festival will feature open studios; live music; films; exhibitions; performances; street food as well as talks and workshops – all taking place in repurposed railway arches, warehouses, rooftops and Victorian factories. 

This year local music platforms GALA and Balamii Radio will be taking over the festival stage at Copeland Park whilst the community lineup will include the Peckham Chamber Orchestra, Nunhead Community Choir and Theatre Peckham. 

Local establishments; Jumbi and Prince of Peckham will be collaborating to bring a laid back evening of top quality DJs and cocktails. DELETE 

Peckham residents, Jumbi and Prince of Peckham will be collaborating to bring you an evening of top quality DJs” REPLACEMENT 

Copeland Gallery’s Staying Power will be curated by founders of @ThePalaceOfTheDogs X DTMH (Don’t Touch My Heritage), Danny Bailey & Alizèe Ndiaye. This will be an exploration of Black British identity through art, film, live music and discussion. Featuring, writer and curator, Tony Fairweather; the exhibition will open with his recreation of the Caribbean living room HOME: Remembering the Windrush Generation – a nod to the windrush generation and fan out into a gallery of artists that explore black identity in their work.  

Made in Peckham will feature over 150 artists and creatives in Open Studios across Peckham including at the Bussey Building; Blenheim Arches and Print Village as well as at the Pexmas makers market at Copeland Park. 

Ourhood Community will also host two workshop events where the public can come and learn new skills and meet creators. The topics will be ‘Natural Indigo Dyeing’ by Samantha Russell, founder of the brand Tens Studio and ‘Ceramics’ by Princess Adenrele, founder of the brand Warm Studios and a participant in The Originals Creator Network launched by Guap Magazine and Adidas. 

Further free workshops will be available over the weekend facilitated by local businesses and community groups including breathing and meditation classes from Southwark Foster Care. 

For children and families there will be a host of free creative workshops, talks and presentations including screen printing; ceramics; djembe drumming circles and an introduction to product design by local architects Kennedy Woods. 

There will be free skateboarding and interactive zine workshops courtesy of School of Skate Peckham; Clown Skateboards and It’s Okay Projects. Breakin Bread and The Lickshot Sound System will provide the tunes in the evening. The Keep Rolling Company – which was formed to create a fairer representation of women and to get more women skateboarding will provide skate and art workshops. 

There will be a storytelling corner from The Culture Tree and Dope Readers Club.