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Camberwell Arts Festival celebrates 30th birthday

The longest running visual arts festival in the UK is celebrating turning 30 this summer.

Taking place between June 8 to 16, Camberwell Arts Festival will celebrate three decades of showcasing the vibrant talent of artists and makers from the area. 

The week promises an eclectic mix of open studios, arts markets, exhibitions and workshops designed to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages.

Kicking off on June 8, on Camberwell Green, the Arts Market will see 50 artists, creators and makers hosting their stalls alongside the weekly urban farmers market.

The annual dog show is also back starting at 4pm with prizes for best puppy, best rescue, best trick and the Camberwell Arts agility course.

The rest of the festival boasts a number of open studios, a festival fringe, exhibitions in the community and much more. 

Fringe events include a silent film night with live music hosted by Live at St Giles, a writers meetup and an indie publishers fair.

Running since 1994, the Open Studios offer visitors an insight into many artists based in Camberwell, from ceramics, jewellery-making, illustration, sculpture and more. 

The ‘Not For Sale’ exhibition, will signpost 30 artists’ works at people’s homes, businesses and other prominent areas in Camberwell to showcase the art and allow everyone in the community to enjoy it.

A spokeswoman from Camberwell Arts said: “In partnership with local residents and artists’ studios, galleries and arts organisations, Camberwell Arts organises the longest running visual arts festival in the UK, to encourage people to engage in the arts and their environment. 

“Camberwell Arts works to promote the arts in this unique area of South-East London, through unveiling emerging talent and collaborating with internationally acclaimed artists.”

Head down to Camberwell Green on June 8, to celebrate 30 years of Camberwell Arts Festival.

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Pictured top: Camberwell Arts Festival 2023 (Picture: Camberwell Arts Festival)

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