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Popular street festival will ‘truly reflect diverse area’

Popular street festival will ‘truly reflect diverse area’

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People are being urged to save the date so they don’t miss out one of the capital’s most established and unique community arts festivals next month. Now in its 11th year, Bermondsey Street Festival will feature artists, galleries, businesses, restaurants, breweries and bars for the big party in the street close to London Bridge and Borough Market.

The event will feature more than 100 stalls and its famous dog show organised by collar makers Holly & Lil in the Leather Market garden. Three stages are to showcase talent from the area including the South London Jazz Orchestra, Salsa Oracle, Donna Maria’s maypole dancing and JoJo fun entertainers. Refreshments will be provided by Village East, Tanner & Co, Southwark Brewing Company, The Woolpack, Tower Tandoori and Cakehole.

New for this year will be a well-being area hosted by Dimbleby Cancer Care which will be offering taster sessions in complementary therapies including massage, reiki and reflexology as well group sessions including yoga and mindfulness meditation. Organiser Bill Owens, said: “This great community event is a way of bringing together people from all parts of our diverse community and enjoying a rich and wide variety of experiences that truly reflect our area. “We are delighted to support local charities. This year, more than ever, it’s important to embrace community spirit following the nearby attacks in June. “The busy street will be closed to traffic and will become a welcoming spot offering fun for the whole family – it promises to be another fantastic event.”

The Bermondsey Street Festival is a not-for-profit free community festival run entirely by volunteers from the community for the community. It is supported by Southwark council and sponsored by Galliard Homes. l The festival will be held on Saturday, September 16, from 11am to 6pm. Visit bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk for more.

Assistant Editor | Shuz Azam has been a journalist for more than 20 years and although he trained in Shropshire at the Shropshire Star where he later worked as a reporter his first job in London was working on the Mercury in Deptford. He later moved to the sister paper the South London Press working as reporter, sub editor, production editor and deputy editor. He has also worked in West London as editor of the Ealing Gazette and content manager of Uxbridge Gazette, Harrow Observer and Bucks Examiner and Advertiser. Today he is assistant editor of the South London Press and works for all our titles.

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Popular street festival will ‘truly reflect diverse area’