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Elefest returns for weekend of fun

The annual festival that celebrates the best of the Elephant and Castle will once again bring exciting times to the area.

With live music from the up and coming local band the Elephants and Castles and the Lucky Dandy (Nigel of Bermondsey), photo exhibitions, spoken word performances, guided walks and DJ sets by local legend Natty Bo and Stewart Who?, the festival promises to delight locals and visitors.

Festival Director Rob Wray said: “Every year we aim to showcase the best that the Elephant has to offer and help restore the area to its former glory as the ‘Piccadilly of the South’. This year we’re going back to our roots; it’s a smaller festival and all the events are free.”


Friday 25 September 18.30 – 23.30

Exhibitionists: Photosoirée No.2

A  boozy/fun art party curated by Denise Flower. The exhibition will feature the work of Dom Agius, Jonny Dredge, Matthew Stradling and Denise Flower. Visitors are exhorted to exhibit themselves. Flower says: “You are a work of art too. Make a show of yourself – you could win a prize!”

Exhibitionists are also invited to throw artistic shapes with an eclectic DJ set from Stewart Who? in the Longwave Bar at the Artworks.


Saturday 26 September 19.00 – late

Live music from The Elephants and Castles and Lucky Dandy.

The Lucky Dandy sports a mean banjo, playing ragtime versions of hits from the 1980s.


Sunday 27 September 14.15

Guided walk by award-winning Blue Badge London Guide Isobel Durrant. (There is a £10 contribution for Isobel’s walk)

As a local resident, Isobel is one of the best people to show you around the Elephant and Castle and Walworth.

16.30-19.00 In Yer Ear.

A literary performance event that includes Birbeck lecturer Julia Bell, Sam Mills, Keith Khan Harris, Dave McGowan, Becky Fury, Daniel Ruiz Tizon. The spoken word will be followed by music from Robert Hacker Jessett.

19.00-late Closing party

With live DJ set from local legend Natty Bo (Ska Cubana, Top Cats)

Elefest, The Artworks, Elephant Road, SE17 1AY


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