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Sydenham Arts Festival 2012 kicks off with Arts in the Park/Family Fun Day

Sydenham Arts Festival 2012

The fourth fantastic Sydenham Arts Festival launches this Sunday and continues until July 15. With more than 40 events to choose from, discovering the arts on your doorstep has never been easier! The “festival fortnight” starts at 1pm in Home Park with the free Arts in the Park/Family Fun Day afternoon of music, art, food, dance and drama – plus a children’s art exhibition in Sydenham Community Library. The Festival brochure with details of all events is now available at the Kirkdale Bookshop, Alhambra Home & Garden, and other shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes in Sydenham, Kirkdale Village and Forest Hill. For full listings go to: or check out for regular updates.

  • At 1pm: official opening of the festival, as Sydenham-based Charlene Soraia sings her hit song “Wherever You Will Go” (used in the Twinings Tea advert and reached No.1 in the i-Tunes chart)
  • 2.15pm: A circus show featuring robotic dancing, comedy mime, juggling and audience participation
  • 2.30pm: Animation workshop – ‘Mister Who’, a team of talented illustrators and artists, run a workshop embodying the fusion of video animation, eclectic music and illustrated comics
  • 3pm: Endurance Steel Orchestra – locally-based, energetic & musically delightful steel pan orchestra
  • 3.10pm: Children’s puppet show – Hogwash Theatre Company’s production of ‘The Vegetable Plot’
  • 4.15pm: Harmony Wind Quartet – a family classical concert within Sydenham Library
  • 5.15pm: Singer songwriter Randolph Matthews, who draws on the soul greats and Neo African rhythms to create surprising and original work.


Running order for Family Fun Day

Main stage

1.00: Official opening

1.15: Charlene Soraia

1.30: Gerry Scales & The Lost Planet Cowboys (country music)

2.05: Belle Of The Ball (Australian ‘low-fi’ pop duo)


2.50: Rock Choir (for their final song Dancing In The Streets the audience will be taught the song and moves, so they can join in)

3.05: Dr Joe (acoustic duo)

3.35: Duppy Umbrella (local reggae/ska rhythm section)

4.05: Talking Strawberries (covers band with music from Duffy to The Doors)

4.40: Warriors For Peace (eight piece Reggae/Soul band)


Performance stage

1.15/25: Little Gems theatre school

1.30/40: Little Gems workshop

2.15: Circus show, with with Jason Maverick

3.10: Children’s puppet show Hogwash Theatre Company – ‘The Vegetable Plot’

3.45: Indian dance, with Shaila Shakthi Indian Dance Company

4.00: Circus show, with Jason Maverick

4.45: Little Gems workshop

The Field

1.30: Circus walkabout, with Jason Maverick

2.00: Best In Show – two alien visitors judge and award members of the crowd for the best in…. whatever category they chance upon (be warned!) with Dodgy Totty

3.15: Ladies of the Waves -dry land synchronized swimming team (watch out for the shark!) with Dodgy Totty

3.00: Endurance steel band

4.30: Ladies of the Waves

The Library

2.30: Mr Who – computer animation workshop

4.15: Harmony Wind Quartet – children’s classical music concert