The Thamesmead Festival will be back again this year to celebrate great local talent in the area.

This year's festival will take place at Southmere Lake and to make sure we provide a festival that you'll enjoy, we have recruited a new Festival Production Group of 11 local people as part of the Creative People and Places programme funded by a £1m grant from Arts Council England.

The group is made up of a mix of Thamesmead residents, business owners, faith groups, teachers and Bow Arts artists. All of them will take an active role in leading the content of the festival and its running.