It’s the Cally Festival this weekend – from Sunday at 1200 until 1800 the middle bit of the Cally South of the Ferodo/Cally Bridge will be full of performers, stalls and thousands of people. The weather, whisper it, is forecast to be good by the Met Office – even with some sun. You can find out more here and all the latest stuff is on Twitter – follow @thecallyfest.
The Cally Festival is the result of immense hard work by local people, artists, businesses, community groups, organisations and the council. It’s a tremendous symbol of how far the area has come – when I first lived on the Cally in 2001 this sort of thing was simply inconceivable. To get an idea of the scale here’s a video from a couple of years ago. Paul Convery captures it nicely in an article. As well as its local significance I like it as a Festival – it isn’t just the usual rent-a-stall-street-thing but has a strong vein of genuinely local groups celebrating their stuff and eclectic artists and performers. And it has a lovely gentle vibe that accommodates all local interests, including Dave Elvis.
Here’s a paste of the programme/billing from the website
A street market of delicious food and tempting goodies to admire and buy.
poet Paul Lyalls presents an off-the-wall afternoon of poetry and stories on Story Street including Andrew Bailey, A.F. Harrold, Joshua Seigal, and Roald Dahl Museum storytellers.
burn off some energy with sports and activities brought to you by Times ABC Boxing Club, Arsenal in the Community and the Cally Pool.
Calling all mini pirates, eyepatches at the ready – Crumble’s Castle Adventure Playground present all manner of pirate themed play from sword making to bandana decorating. All together…. ARRRRGHH!
The Arty Block Party
Local artists have come together to create a ‘block party’ like no other. A whole street dedicated to arts workshops – come and get your craft on. Brought to you by Peabody.
Bus Stop Dance Floor
Do the bus stop! Join us dancing in the street all day long – we’re doing everything from Salsa to the Charleston, with a Tea Dance and a Hula- hoop-off in between.
Do You Remember Dis? Discover the story of the Britain’s first arts centre for the black community, the Keskidee Centre. Get a taste of its music, dub-poetry and theatre, with a special performance from master kora player Tunde Jegede.
The young people from the Copenhagen Youth Project and Uperform are back with another lineup of music, dance, rap, poetry and DJing.
Presenting the finest music and performance the Cally has to offer. Expect to be wowed by local talent including a very special guest in a white jumpsuit…