For the past week, Brockley has been a hive of activity with the return of community arts festival Brockley Max.
Following the recent arrival of the East London Line in Brockley, it seemed the ideal time to showcase the area’s talents.
There was comedy at Jam Circus, Sonnets From Shakespeare at The Brockley Barge and poetry in the bizarrely named Toad’s Mouth Too Cafe.
In fact, there was something going on wherever you turned. Tree-stump sculptures mysteriously popped up in Hilly Fields Park, and on the opening night of the festival I stepped off the train to find half the neighbourhood crowded round the colourful murals of Brockley Station for a free music concert.
The week’s festivities ended on Saturday with live music, food, DJs and children’s activities at the Hilly Fields Park Stone Circle – South London’s answer to Stonehenge. Brockley wine bar/shop Mr Laurence was doing a roaring trade in Pimm’s at the bar, while excited kids tore around the newly refurbished playground.
Brockley Max may now be over, but there are still many events happening in Brockley where you can discover local talent, including:
- Tea Leaf Arts Summer Open: exhibition of work by local artists at Tea Leaf Arts Gallery, until 12 Jun
- Working On A Groovy Thing: art exhibition with music at Lewisham Arthouse, until 13 Jun
- Books In Limbo: get involved as a huge installation is constructed from salvaged books at Tank Gallery, 28 May-19 Jun
Plus, keep an eye out for our review of The Last Five Years at Brockley Jack Theatre, which opens tomorrow.