Camberwell Arts Festival - various artists and events

Camberwell Arts Festival celebrates the thriving cultural scene in London SE5 and its surrounding areas bringing together artists, performers and musicians over ten days of fantastic events for all the family. From Sat 16 to Sun 24 Jun 2007, local residents and visitors are invited to experience an extensive programme of events, workshops, talks, walks, theatre, open studios, screenings, live art, contemporary art exhibitions, family activities as Camberwell throws open its doors. Most events are free and full listings can be found Camberwell Arts Festival website or by picking up a festival brochure from venues in Camberwell, Peckham and Dulwich.

This year's festival runs concurrently with Refugee Week and highlights include Mark McGowan and controversial comedian Aaron Barschak staging a protest on Camberwell Green over the deportation of asylum seekers; an international outdoor party of music, dance, performance and exhibitions in the form of Camberwell Live!; the premier of Isa Suarez performance March with the Human Rights Jukebox. Other live art events include Lottie Child leading a daring 24 hour urban exploration over, around and through the streets of Camberwell; Mem Morrison exploring the cultural connotations of the traditional greasy spoon in Leftovers; and Lucille Power's exploration of the power of language by transforming profanities into cakes.

There are many opportunities for the whole family to get involved through workshops at the South London Gallery and Open House at Camberwell College of Arts. Explore hidden Camberwell with walks led by Eleanor Margolies. Join in a game of pétanque or rough cricket and find out 101Things to do with a Parachute! (no plane required). Get your sounds, thoughts and writings on the radio with No-Go-Zones and Resonance FM. Find out about Camberwell's rich history and some of its famous residents. Hear Paul Goth speaking about art, conflict and memory in Cornford & Cross's temporary peace garden over Southwark Council's abandoned nuclear bunker; Simon Gould and Neal White discuss plans for visionary British artist John Latham's former residence; and award-winning writer Iain Sinclair explores our real life engagement with virtual world Second Life.

Coinciding with Love Parks Week, this year's festival takes arts out onto the streets and into Camberwell's many green spaces. Venues and sites include Ruskin Park, Lucas Gardens, Burgess Park, private gardens, housing estates, the Magistrate's Court and King's College Hospital. Work by the best in emerging young talent will be on display at Camberwell College of Arts' Summer Show on view throughout the festival and next door one of London's leading contemporary art galleries, the South London Gallery, presents Stay forever and ever and ever, a group exhibition curated by Andrew Renton.

The Camberwell Arts Festival is a partnership between local artists and arts organisations and initiated by Camberwell Arts, Camberwell College of Arts and the South London Gallery.