If you have ever longed to exorcise yourself of those dreary afternoons in chilly church halls and torturous tinned food stockpiling that seemed to be the sole remit of Harvest Festivals at primary schools two decades ago, then your chance to experience a very different kind of Harvest Festival is taking place in Camberwell this Sunday.
Inspirational art organisations motiroti and home are both jumbles of creative, international, artistic energy and will be combining resources and ideas for Harvest It! this weekend. Both outfits really enjoy and excel in the multiple aspects of event organisation and are building reputations as a joint force for multi-sensory, multi-media, multicultural and site-specific large-scale experiences. Chuck in an emphasis on food and homegrown goodness and this could be a very memorable afternoon out for Londoners.
Though SE5 isn't generally the postcode associated with golden wheat fields and baskets of freshly picked fruit and vegetables for winter consumption, London is still able to grown its own. For this one-day event, artists have been working with city farms, allotments, local groups, local schools and the keepers of Myatt's Fields to create a massive maze, a huge sculpture decorated with produce from the park and lots of food to eat on the spot, learn to cook yourself and take home to enjoy at leisure.
A touch tour, craft workshops, displays, exhibitions and live events are also planned and there should hopefully be as many, if not more attendees for this year's motiroti and home collaboration as there were for last year's inaugural collaborative event, Light It!
Please note: Londonist does not endorse any performance or attempt at performance of the Wurzel's I've Got A Brand New Combine Harvester. Just... don't. Please, don't do it.
Harvest It! Sunday 23 September, 2pm to 5pm, Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell. Entry is free; for more information and the full programme, go to the motiroti website here.