There's more to Elephant & Castle than a roundabout and a shopping centre, as Elefest aims to show this week.
Back for the 12th year, the programme covers everything from music to film, and gardening to food. The opening party features a DJ set from The Maccabees, and there's a preview of rarely-seen and unpublished photographs from the forthcoming book by Mark Baxter and Darren Lock telling the story of the Elephant’s neighbouring district past and present.
The Cinema Museum hosts a range of events, including a guided tour of the premises, plus adult and child sci-fi screenings, as well as an all-nighter of classic films from the genre. One of the area's most famous sons, Charlie Chaplin, is also remembered in a slapstick comedy workshop for children.
Go guerrilla gardening with local gardener Richard Reynolds, and help get the area planted up ready for Spring. And do you know how much the most expensive flat in the controversial Strata building is worth? Put your local knowledge to the test and find out all sorts of trivia at the Elephant pub quiz. Other activities include a Far Eastern style night market, a guided walk of the area, and a chance to be on the radio.
In short, Elephant & Castle is the place to be over the next few days. Have a look at the website for the full programme. And the price? Many events are free, and paid events are affordable, costing between £5 and £10 — or you can pay £20 for a ticket that covers all the events right across the festival.
Elefest takes place at various locations in and around Elephant and Castle on 2-5 October.