Friday, 19 September 2014


WE may be in the last vestiges of summer but there is still time to cram in one more festival into this year's calendar.
Elefest, the Elephant & Castle Festival is back for its 12th year with what its organisers promise is a bigger, bolder and more eclectic programme than ever.
The largely free event, which this year runs from October 2 until October 5, aims to celebrate the many and diverse communities within the Elephant & Castle area and shines a light on its cultural legacy.
The birthplace of Charlie Chaplin, and in its 1900s heyday a home to more than 40 cinemas, this little pocket of the capital is once again at the centre of attention as one of London’s largest regeneration projects and a growing hub of creativity.
Over the four days, a range of venues will host an eclectic mix of arts, culture and fun for all the family including bands, film screenings, children's comedy workshops and theatre.
Among the highlights will be screenings of new and classic sci fi films with live soundtracks at the Cinema Museum, a new pop up park on the site of the former Walworth petrol station, a South London Film Crawl which will visit film locations and old cinemas, a children's slapstick comedy workshop in honour of Charlie Chaplin and an Asian-style food and craft night market.
It kicks off on Thursday October 2 with a live music session at the Coronet by some of London’s most promising bands including Camberwell band Movie, guitar-based band Escapists and Lois & the Love.
Other events include a Treasure Hunt, which involves looking for clues around the roundabout, The Local Quiz, Guided Walks for uncovering hidden gems of the past and for the adrenaline junkies, Peckham BMX will be creating a temporary track.
Elefest will end on Sunday October 5 with a closing party at Longwave Bar in The Artworks, the Elephant and Castle’s new cultural quarter.
Elefest's director and founder Rob Wray said: "Elefest is more than a festival - it is the celebration of the area’s colourful past and cultural legacy, its present revival and hopes we hold for its future.’
"Its aim is to bring together one of the most diverse and vibrant communities of the capital for a few days of arts, entertainment and fun."

Most events are free of charge. Visit for full listings and price details.

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