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More than 1,500 people attended the recent Thamesmead Arts Festival.

The Thamesmead Arts Festival was held over the weekend of 16-18 September to celebrate all things 'Made in Thamesmead'. Over 1,500 people came along to enjoy more than twenty events.

All about the Thamesmead Arts Festival

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This year's festival – the second ever – gave 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. There were also readings from local poet and former Young Poet Laureate for London shortlistee Rachel Long.

Film premiere

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A highlight of the weekend was the film Budgie which premiered 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 (above).

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The festival also showcased some of Thamesmead's most interesting places:  there were two packed-out tours of the Grade I listed Crossness Pumping Station (above).


And garages were turned into arts spaces for the Urban Room, above, a Thamesmead-themed exhibition. There was also Garage Gala – an afternoon of activities and events taking place in garages in the Moorings area.

John Lewis, Peabody's Executive Director of Thamesmead, said:

"It's been a fantastic weekend and a real demonstration of the amazing creative talent we have here in Thamesmead.

"The festival has been a great opportunity not just for the local community to celebrate Thamesmead but for us to showcase Thamesmead to a wider audience, from the beautiful attractions such as Crossness Pumping Station to the gifted artists and performers living and working here."

Click on the image below to see more images from our Made in Thamesmead gallery:

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About our partners

The Thamesmead Arts Festival 2016 is delivered by Peabody alongside the local community as part of our 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.