An experienced cultural organisation is sought to develop and deliver the annual Thamesmead Festival around Southmere Lake in summer 2020, working closely with a group of passionate and dedicated local residents who make up the Festival Production Group.
The appointed organisation will work with the Production Group throughout the development process, enabling them to make creative choices which will result in a large scale, ambitious, and high quality event that truly celebrates local talent and represents the best of Thamesmead.
This will be the fourth annual Thamesmead Festival to take part around the Southmere area, and the event has become a key moment in the cultural events calendar for Thamesmead. The festival is part of our developing cultural programme, and aims to raise the profile of Thamesmead and put local residents at the heart of our creative programming.
In 2020 the festival becomes part of the Creative People and Places programme for Thamesmead and North Bexley. The CPP programme has received £1m investment from Arts Council England over four years, and will enable local community groups and residents to produce their own culture on their door step. The CPP programme not only brings increased investment and profile to the Thamesmead Festival, but it provides an opportunity to increase the creative opportunities and responsibilities of local residents.