On Monday 8 June, HF ArtsFest officially kicks off for the second year running. A week-long celebration of the cultural richness of our borough – explored through the mediums of literature, music, dance, film, art and theatre – the programme is both exciting and ambitious: 122 Events, 360 artists, 51 venues are forming the festival.
Last year LBHF Libraries ‘dipped their toe,’ so to speak, into this exciting new festival, collaborating with the Irish Cultural Centre in an event which featured Irish song, poetry and music. We also hosted Artemis Cooper and Antony Beevor in conversation with Lennie Goodings at Fulham Library.
Well, we have moved on quite a bit from last year and have organised a diverse range of activities for adults and children in our Libraries – poetry nights, author visits, a theatrical adaptation of The Secret Garden, and opera workshops just to begin with! In addition to our events programme, we are working with the National Army Museum to hold interactive talks with pupils from local schools, as well as hosting artwork from local artists in our Local Studies space.
And that’s not all: we’re also celebrating National Bookstart Week throughout the week. All Libraries in the Borough will be performing “Rumble in the Jungle” by Giles Andrae and David Wojtowycz as part of our regular activities for under-fives.
There will be free books/activity sheets for all children attending.
Children (and Adults!) who wish to come along in jungle themed fancy dress will be most welcome!
Watch out for a special version of ‘The Lion sleeps tonight’ during the Hammersmith Library Under-fives session on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 June at 10.30am – 11.15am
So come along and celebrate with us, and see first-hand the talent and passion of our local artists, from poets to writers, painters, photographers, singers and musicians!
For more information about the HF ArtsFest, which runs from 8-14 June, visit the website.
[Ann Cooper, Area Manager]