Thamesmead

More than 4,000 people enjoyed the Thamesmead Festival weekend (15-17 September 2017), including the mesmerising light show which lit up Southmere Lake and the four iconic Thamesmead towers on Saturday.

We worked with more than 40 local creative residents, artists, organisations and partners to deliver the weekend-long activity programme which featured the light spectacular including a resident light procession, illuminated floating swans, light projections and fireworks followed the Thamesmead Town Fete in Southmere Park.

Read the review and view the photos below.

Made in Thamesmead

The 2016 Thamesmead Festival was a celebration of all things made in Thamesmead. Garages and flats were turned into art studios, grassy parks into cinemas, and streets hosted parades and performers as a platform to some of the area's best talent.

This included a special production of the play Johnny by Thamesmead writer, actor and director Kwame Augustine, readings from local poet and former Young Poet Laureate for London shortlistee Rachel Long, and a premiere of the film Budgie at an open-air cinema in front of the stunning backdrop of Southmere Square.

Budgie is a short film from award-winning director James Slater. It's set in Thamesmead and stars young Thamesmead actors, who received their own mini-Oscars at the event.

Across the weekend a former garage in South Thamesmead hosted the Thamesmead Urban Room - a one-off exhibition space displaying photographs of Thamesmead residents by Nina Manandhar, graphic prints exploring the areas architecture by Peter Chadwick, textile works reproducing Thamesmead family photos by Dharma Taylor, print-works documenting walks in the area by International Lawns and archive material from the London Metropolitan Archives.

On top of a vast Chinese dragon paraded through The Moorings, a cinema on wheels and two packed-out tours of the Grade I listed Crossness Pumping Station, it was a real demonstration of the amazing creative talent we have here in Thamesmead.

In pictures: Thamesmead Festival 2016

Interactive workshops, from filming to African drumming

The Disraeli Dragon parade brought The Moorings together

Local students exhibited in the Thamesmead Urban Room

Thamesmead's Kwame Augustine in a 5* performance of 'Johnny'…

Tapestries on display from Thamesmead's Dharma Taylor

Thamesmead-inspired prints from Peter Chadwick

Some of London's best African music from Global Fusions

Performed at The Link's state of the art performance space

Open air cinema with a view at Southmere Square

Thamesmead film 'Budgie' film premiered at Southmere Square

A vacant South Thamesmead flat became an art piece

Partners

The Thamesmead Festival 2016 was delivered by Peabody alongside the local community as part of a commitment  to promoting arts and culture in Thamesmead. The festival is sponsored by Arts Council England and Axis with support from by Totally Thames, the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.