Beckenham Place Park embraced a rainbow of Caribbean music and food at City Splash – even if it needed more stalls

Caribbean culture was celebrated in earnest at The City Splash Festival at Beckenham Place Park on Sunday, with reggae music across four stages, featuring everything from Ska, Rocksteady, Dub, Roots, to Dancehall and Lovers Rock.


South London residents put on exhibitions about their lives and experiences

Residents of a South London estate have put on an exhibition exploring their lives and experiences. Two projects, As Here Becomes There and Home Is Where The Heart Is, were shown together at ASC Gallery in Thurlow Street for the past three weeks.


Colourful events to brighten up autumn

A new development’s community hub is hosting a string of colourful events for its anniversary. There is a Latin Folk Festival on Saturday, September 25 from noon until 6pm with music and dance performances from 17 different talented groups from all corners of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Italian ballerina tells life story with help from Bromley photographer

A photographer from Bromley has collaborated with an Italian ballerina to create a photo book and memoir telling the story of her life. Former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Mara Galeazzi, worked with Jason Ashwood, from Beckenham, to provide some insight into her life on and behind the stage in the book Shadow Aspect.


Visual arts exhibition opening in Crystal Palace

A new art exhibition centring on visual artists is opening today (Friday 10th September), writes Davina Hyde. Organised by Tom Cox, a 36 year old artist and curator from South London, the exhibition of paintings, prints, photography and ceramics will take place at his gallery in Crystal Palace.


Ricky Gervais and Julia Quinn amongst writers appearing in new storytelling festival this September

A new festival starts this September, celebrating inspirational storytelling from authors, poets, screenwriters and comedians. Ricky Gervais and Julia Quinn, the author of Bridgerton, are among the writers set to appear at Stories Festival, which will be held at Picturehouse Central in Shaftesbury Avenue from September 24 to 26.


‘South London people give you a chance’

Moxon, real name Jodan Lee Moxon, may have been born in Sheffield but he has made South London his home. The 24-year-old whose musical genre is self-described as indie chill, has been making music and performing in bands since the age of 16


What’s on this week

Wimbledon Bookfest will hold the Sunset Festival from September 15 to 19 on Wimbledon Common, with a host of big names including John Cooper Clarke, Miriam Margolyes and Robert Peston. The bookfest showcases new local talent alongside high-profile writers, artists and speakers. The five-day event is hosting more than 40 talks, workshops and activities for public audiences and schools.


Revived Winter Wonderland – with sanitising throughout and free tickets in off-peak times

The organisers of Winter Wonderland say the event will look “slightly different” as it returns to London this year. The annual event will take place between November 19 and January 3 after being cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Stormzy unveils his waxwork at Madame Tussauds

Stormzy has unveiled his first Madame Tussauds waxwork figure at the famous Baker Street attraction, writes Davina Hyde. The Croydon born rapper’s figure immortalises his famous headline appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival where he wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy. Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Omari, said: “I can’t lie, it’s one of my proudest moments.


Four Funny People are out to make you laugh

A team of new and emerging comedians are working with a brewery to bring a series of stand-up shows throughout 2021, writes Charles Harrison. “I think of my job as doing and saying funny things on stage, and as long as I’m doing that, I’m happy,” said Mr Field of returning to the stage after lockdown.


Wimbledon Stanford graduate who writes scripts and acts – and is now competing for a modelling contract

A brain box who works in artificial intelligence is hoping to crack the toughest code – to win a beauty pageant. Ruchika Jain, of Tybenham Road, Wimbledon, is an award winning screenwriter and director of films, all of which was filmed from her home during lockdown.  


Hot electronica bands raise money in Peckham for Afghan refugees – with talks and discussion of the issues

A charity music campaign  will host two events in Peckham, to raise money for Afghanistan. The two fundraising events staged by #LIVEFORLOVE on September 3 include live music and a talks programme featuring some of the most exciting established and up-and-coming names in the UK electronic music scene. All proceeds will be donated to Afghanaid.


Battersea Arts Centre to feature first women and non-binary orchestra in UK

The UK’s first women and non-binary orchestra, Her Ensemble, will make their debut at Battersea Arts Centre. Her Ensemble is the brainchild of classically trained violinist and arranger Ellie Consta.


Performers wanted by Greenwich council for dance festival

Greenwich council is calling for performers of all levels to get involved in their new dance festival. Connecting Communities Dance Festival is launching this October and will feature in this year’s Black History 365 celebrations.