South London’s Community Festivals continue to grow each year. What started out as small-scale localised events have mushroomed into huge programmes of arts and entertainment spanning two weeks or more and covering wider and wider areas. Following the recent Wandsworth Arts Fringe and the Dulwich Festival comes Brockley Max from 2nd to 10th June.
Brockley Max, founded by Festival Director, Moira Tait, has been running for several years now and first came to our attention at SLB through the street art it sponsored around Brockley and beyond; our Top 5 Murals 2015 article featured three works from the Brockley area. This year the festival will feature over 90 events, covering pretty much every art form from music, to theatre, fine art, dance, film and beyond with a focus on giving a platform to the huge wealth of local creative talent. Brockley Max has spread into surrounding areas too, with events taking place in Crofton Park, Honor Oak Park and Ladywell.
One of the highlights of this years festival is the opening night concert with live music outside Brockley station this Friday from 4.30 -10.30 featuring more than ten acts, playing reggae, ska, funk, jazz, a pop choir, country, acoustic and more. Also on Friday is the Brockley Max Beer Launch. The London Beer Dispensary, close to Crofton Park station, unveil their new pale ale (priced at £2 a pint!!) brewed exclusively for The Brockley Max festival.
Other highlights include Brockleywood Nights, an al fresco film night under the stars, showcasing locally made video shorts, and Art in the Park – an afternoon of entertainment and creativity for the entire family in Hilly Fields on Saturday 10th June. Sure to be popular is La La Piano Bar at Brockley Social Club on Saturday 3rd June. This well-known pop-up New York style piano bar has entertained crowds across the UK presenting a glittering and riotous night of cabaret.
So two weeks of fun are in prospect at one of south London’s biggest community festivals. Most events are free at Brockley Max but please check the festival programme.