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article imageLooking back on Sydenham Arts Festival 2012 Special

By Alexander Baron     Jul 19, 2012 in Entertainment
London - The Sydenham Arts Festival 2012 has now finished; here we look back on the event with the man who organised it, and at some photographs.
AB: Hello again. Was the Festival a success?
JK: A tremendous success thank you. Most events were very well attended and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
AB: How many visitors/participants did you have?
JK: Hard to estimate until we collate final box office figures and estimates of free events, but I'd guess between 10,000-13,000 attendances.
AB: Which had the biggest turn out?
JK: The following events were all very well attended: Arts in the Park/Family Fun Day (launch event, estimated attendance 4,500), The Jungle Book (nearly 600 people), Pissarro in South-East London (160+), the two Visual Arts Trail weekends (40 venues, 100+ participating artists opened their homes & studios), Sydenham Unsigned (100+), Roger McGough poetry event (180+) and Big Band Swing Night (closing event, 200+).
AB: The weather has let us down recently, did you have any of the outdoor events rained off?
JK: Not one event was cancelled, though my open-air version of Jungle Book had to perform indoors for 4 of its 7 performances, and the open-air film show went ahead despite a small raincoat-clad audience.
AB: What was the general comment from patrons?
JK: Very positive. Most respondents saying they would attend again, with many events rated as 'excellent'
AB: Did you have anyone from anywhere exotic, like China, with the Olympics and stuff?
JK: No, unless you count Penge and North West London as 'exotic'. Most festival participants are London-based, and many come from the surrounding area. Sydenham Arts Festival is about promoting artistic excellence in South-East London. Though Roger McGough comes from Liverpool, he lives in Barnes.
AB: What about next year?
JK: Plans are already afoot for the biggest and best festival yet. Its our 5th birthday next July so we're hoping to stage a two-day music event to launch the festival and I'm hoping Rolf Harris (who lived in Sydenham for many years) will officially launch it. Watch this space.
AB: Anything you'd like to add?
JK: A big thank you to all those who took part, helped or supported us - our sponsors, the local council, the Arts Council, and especially our audience - we couldn't have done it without them!
Previous articles about the 2012 Festival can be found here and here. Some photographs can be found below. More about the Sydenham Festival organisation on the official website.
Sydenham Arts Festival  2012: Face painting.
Sydenham Arts Festival, 2012: Face painting.
Sydenham Arts Festival
Sydenham Arts Festival  2012: Painted faces in the park.
Sydenham Arts Festival, 2012: Painted faces in the park.
Sydenham Arts Festival
Sydenham Arts Festival  2012: Strictly for kids!
Sydenham Arts Festival, 2012: Strictly for kids!
Sydenham Arts Festival
Sydenham Arts Festival  2012:  An arresting site.
Sydenham Arts Festival, 2012: An arresting site.
Sydenham Arts Festival
Sydenham: Outside the local bookshop
Sydenham: Outside the local bookshop
Sydenham Arts Festival
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