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article imageThe Sydenham Arts Festival 2012: an update

By Alexander Baron     Jun 11, 2012 in Entertainment
London - The Sydenham Arts Festival has now released its official programme. The Festival runs from July 1 to July 15 and includes both indoor and outdoor events.
For the background to the Sydenham Arts Festival, see the interview with organiser Jonathan Kaufman.
A 20 page programme/magazine has now been published, and it contains quite a bit of advertising. In addition to Lewisham Borough and the National Lottery, the Festival is being sponsored by a local estate agent, PropertyWorld.
There is a great deal on offer including family events and free events such as an outdoor film show, Little Shop Of Horrors. In case you're not familiar with this it is a musical remake of a low budget black and white Roger Corman film from the 1950s which features a man-eating plant from outer space. Details of six of its songs can be found here.
There is an outdoor production of The Jungle Book by Jonathan Kaufman's theatre company Spontaneous Productions, with tickets at £8, £4 for children, and also poetry workshops with Gale Burns, who although apparently no relation to Robert Burns is the Festival's poet in residence. She has an interesting proposition for budding poets: buy her a drink and she will discuss your masterpiece with you. Let's hope she isn't driving home.
If poetry is not your forte but you have a flair for the arts and nimble fingers, one of the free events will be CROCHET A FLOWER IN AN HOUR at Kirkdale.
This year's Festival appears to have something for everyone. Check out the official website for full details. This was a bit bare early last month but now it is looking very professional.
One final point, although it is held in Sydenham, the Festival is open to all, so if you live reasonably near or are holidaying in or around London, you might check it out.
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