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Thamesmead Festival

15, 16, 17 September 2017

Thamesmead is set to come alive for a weekend of events and activities as we celebrate the past, present and future of Thamesmead during the Thamesmead Festival taking place between 15 and 17 September 2017.

The festival will launch on Friday 15 September at The Link Thamesmead which will showcase Thamesmead’s home-grown talent including members of Theatre Street Performing Arts, Vine Choir and Thamesmead Youth Voice and a performance from Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.

Saturday 16 September will centre around the Thamesmead Town Fete with a mix of old school entertainment and surprising art experiences, including local bands and music talent, community stalls, an open-air lounge, local pet show and our night time light spectacular, Wish You Were Here, at Southmere Lake.

While Sunday 17 September will see a variety of art, performances and storytelling around different venues and outdoor locations across Thamesmead’s diverse landscape and neighbourhoods as part of Open House London, ending with a cinema screening at The Link Thamesmead.

Peabody has commissioned us to lead on the festival production, which will involve local residents and individual artists and organisations from the area, across London and the South East.

Look out for EEA over the summer, we will be working with residents to create 'wish lanterns' that will be floated on Southmere Lake during the light spectacle on Saturday 16 September.

FREE Lantern Making Workshops and procession
Drop in on one of our lantern making workshops to work with professional carnival artists to make your own floating lantern and become part of the magical lantern procession at the Saturday Evening Spectacular, Wish You Were Here at Thamesmead Festival.

In the workshop you can make and decorate you a lantern with your wishes for the future of Thamesmead. Guided by professional artists from Emergency Exit Arts you can join us for the whole session or pop in for 15 minutes to create your own floating lantern.

Then join us on Saturday 16 September to come together with people from across Thamesmead to be part of the Saturday Evening Illuminations. Starting with a magical lantern procession from Southmere Park to the lakeside, you will then release your lantern, and wishes for the community onto Southmere Lake as part of the spectacular evening show.

Workshops:
Saturday 9 September | 10.00 - 13.00 | Thamesmead Public Library, Binsey Walk, London SE2 9TS
Monday 11 September | 16.00 - 18.30 | Thamesmead Public Library, Binsey Walk, London SE2 9TS

Festival and Evening Spectacular:
Saturday 16th September
Town Fete from 2pm | Lantern Procession 7pm | Southmere Park

Download the full Thamesmead Festival Programme

Partners
The Thamesmead Festival is a partnership event between Peabody and Thamesmead residents, part funded by Arts Council England, supported by London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich and delivered by Emergency Exit Arts. It is also part of the Totally Thames Festival and Open House London.

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