Head to Camberwell this weekend for the start of a nine-day festival of local art, comedy, poetry and yummy food.
Now in its 21st year, the hugely varied Camberwell Arts Festival includes open artist studios, student art shows, markets and fairs, playwriting workshops, pub-based performance poetry and a dog show.
Music fans can hear jazz in the crypt of St Giles Church or the local community choir perform on Camberwell Green. Cinephiles will love the chance to see rare silent Edwardian films with a live organ accompaniment. Insomniacs might enjoy the Largactyl Shuffle — a midnight walk from Tate Modern with talks on night walking, psychogeography and a midnight feast. Events are bookended by two family-friendly local fairs: Midsummer Fair on Myatt's Fields Park on 20 June and the Ruskin Park Summer Fete the following Saturday, 27 June.
Five new artistic commissions for this year's festival include a new sweet-wrapper inspired stained-glass window for The Tiger on Camberwell Green, a collage of wall-mounted dinner plates at The Sun on Coldharbour Lane, and an alphabetical sweet trail around Camberwell.
One of this year's many highlights sees ten picnic benches transformed by ten artists. During the festival, they'll be used to host public feasts and performance-based work. After the festival, these tables will remain in public spaces around Camberwell for Londoners to use for years to come.
Camberwell Arts Festival runs from 20-28 June at various venues around Camberwell. For full listings, visit camberwellarts.org.uk