And like that, Peckham Festival 2019 is over

After weeks of hard work, just like that another Peckham Festival has been and gone. Our hyper-local shindig returned for the fourth year running on 13-15th September and an estimated 15,000-20,000 of you came out to play – enjoying sunshine, creativity and a completely free to attend three-day celebration of all things SE15! The festival was an eclectic mix of art, talks, food, film and music.

This year’s focus was on showcasing the neighbourhood’s creative talent. Open Studios celebrated over 60 makers who exhibited their wares from the intimacy of their work spaces, exhibits included ‘In Perfect Process’ by Lisa King and London Flower School and ‘Reflecting Peckham II’, and workshops ranged from t-shirt printing, to metallic foiling, screen printing, and washi tape collages to crochet activism.

Music was supplied by a diverse range of acts; Charmpit, The Hanging Baskets, Alice & The Percolators, Prima Queen and DJs. Street food all weekend provided a carnival of sophisticated textures and contrasts; from Caribbean to Afro fusion to vegan.

Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion packed out the Community Hub with a discussion about what’s happening to our environment and Saturday night culminated in a balmy pedal-powered open air screening of Bohemian Rhapsody with Electric Pedals.

To our delight, thousands of you wandered the festival every day; enjoying art, pop-up gin and cider bars, face painting, the big red double-decker music bus, workshops and principally soaking up the laid back atmosphere, food, drink and sunshine.

Peckham Festival is a community interest company and 100% not for profit. This means it cannot go ahead without the generosity of its supporters. We have many people to thank.

Thank you to Electric Pedals for hosting Saturday’s film screening, Raygun Creative for lighting and sound equipment, Furniture Hire UK for the deck chairs, Supermalt for drinks for volunteers and staff, Morrisons Peckham for food and drink supplies for volunteers and staff, Cowling and Wilcox in Camberwell for art supplies, Peckham Festival staff and our sponsors, Copeland Park, Social and Peckham Is Open through Southwark Council.

Thank you to all the artists who exhibited, to all the groups who ran engagement activities in the community hub, and to all the volunteers. We can’t wait for 2020.

If you’d like to get involved in next year’s Festival, by helping us with content programming, sponsorship or volunteering, please get in touch now!