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Brockley Max 2015 dates announced

Brockley Max festival will be back in 2015 and is already beginning to take shape.

Festival founder and director Moira Tait said: “After this year’s hugely successful festival, we are busy planning Brockley Max 2015. The dates for next year are 29th May to 6th June so put them in your diary!

“Already in the pipeline is a retrospective Brockley Max photographic exhibition, where you can vote on the best festival photos of the last 14 years. We are also collaborating with Global Street Art to bring you a Street Art Festival. International, national and local artists will contribute artworks that will change the face of the area.”

Brockley Max 2015 will also feature a pop-up food and art experience. Everything else is yet to be decided – so now is a great time to get in touch and tell us about an event you’d like to put on. Venue owners are also encouraged to get in touch about possible events that could be hosted at their sites.

If you can’t wait until the spring to find out what will go on during SE London’s biggest and best community arts festival, Brockley Max is planning a preview night in February. You’ll be able to find out more about the festival and have a great night out.

You can keep up with Brockley Max via our Facebook page and Twitter as well as this website. If you’d like to get involved in the festival or hear about what’s happening behind the scenes, please email moira@brockleymax.co.uk and we’ll add you to our mailing list.

Performers on stage at Brockley Max Art In The Park

A wonderful afternoon’s entertainment at Art In The Park
Photo: John Gaffen

Brockley Max – the video

We’re delighted to be able to share with you this wonderful video from this year’s Art In The Park family day. Brockley Max is a celebration of local people and local talent and it’s lovely to hear first-hand just want the festival means to everyone. Many thanks to Chris and Sam for recording and editing the video.

If you’d like to get involved in making next year’s Brockley Max even better, please drop us a line via the contact form.



Unclaimed Brockley Max raffle prizes

UPDATE: All the prizes have now been claimed. Hope you all enjoy them

We had a fantastic time putting on this year’s Brockley Max and know from the many complimentary comments that you were ecstatic that Brockley Max was back, too.

Lots of raffle tickets were sold at events throughout the Brockley Max festival period, but some of the prizes have yet to be claimed. Where contact information was provided, we’ve tried to get in touch, but there are still a few stragglers.

The following were winning tickets.

001066 – Mel
000974 – Lily Elliott
001508 – David
000838 – Louise Hinchcliffe
000993 – Jackie

If you’ve still got your ticket and it matches one of the above, please email moira@brockleymax.co.uk and add Raffle in the email heading.



Brockley Max hurrah!

Brockley Max is over for another year and what a great festival it was! After an early downpour, who would have thought the sun would shine throughout Saturday’s Art In The Park family day? (We have some lost property so get in touch to claim it).

Thank you to all of you who came to events. Please let us know what you enjoyed as your comments all help towards future funding and planning.

If you took any photos we’d love to see them. Please post your photos on the Brockley Max 2014 Flickr group  www.flickr.com/groups/2637578@N24.

Performers on stage at Brockley Max Art In The Park

A wonderful afternoon’s entertainment at Art In The Park
Photo: John Gaffen

Thank you to all the event organisers, performers and venues who put on shows. There was a great mix this year! Thanks to our sponsors – Bryan & Keegan, Brockley’s Rock, Jam Circus, Gently Elephant and Wetherspoon’s – and to all the advertisers and local businesses who gave raffle prizes, paid for listings and let us display posters and programmes. Thanks, too, to Brockley Central and alternativeSE4 and numerous local Twitter supporters.

Brockley Max would not have been possible without funding from the Lewisham Council, Awards For All Big Lottery Fund and the people in the wards of Brockley, Ladywell and Crofton Park who voted for Brockley Max at Assembly meetings and everyone who donated via Patchwork Presents.

I personally owe a huge debt to the organising committee who start work in September and who spend months writing funding applications, selling advertising, seeking sponsorship, writing press releases, designing the website and the programme, organising the Opening Night and Art In The Park and just about everything else! Also all the volunteers who delivered programmes, collected litter, took photographs, sold raffle tickets, erected and dismantled tents, fetched and carried and did the 101 jobs required to run such a big festival.

We’d love you to be involved next year. To find out one volunteer’s experience, see Jane’s blog at http://www.croftonpark.com/article?id=735.

Moira Tait, Festival Director


Brockley Max in photos

It’s been a fantastic first weekend of Brockley Max. The Opening Night on Friday was every bit as brilliant as we’d hoped it would be, with really wonderful music and an enthusiastic crowd.

Thank you to all the performers, supporters and volunteers. If you were there, we’re sure you’ll agree that the bands put on a superb show and the event was brilliantly curated by Richard Swan and hosted by Dre. We’re also grateful to The Brockley Barge for their help and to Speedicars for supplying the power.

This weekend’s Brockley Max events included a tour of Ladywell & Brockley cemeteries to find out about their history, cocktails in teapots at Little Nan’s bar upstairs at The Talbot, jewellery-making at Misty Moon Gallery, music at The Wickham Arms, Ladywell Tavern, Jam Circus and Hop Scotch Bar and an eclectic Artist Flea Market at Dragonfly Place.

To see some of the goings on – and to add your own photos from Brockley Max 2014, go to www.flickr.com/groups/2637578@N24

To find out about the rest of the events taking place during Brockley Max, click here.

The Sea Kings at Brockley Max 2014

The Sea Kings performing at Brockley Max 2014 Opening Night
Photo: Rick Colls


Brockley Max raffle

We’ll be selling raffle tickets at events throughout the Brockley Max Festival period and drawing the raffle at the Art In The Park family day on Hilly Fields on Saturday 7 June.

The raffle is one of our most important ways of raising money towards putting on Brockley Max, so please buy tickets and show your support for this fantastic community event.

As with the Auction of Promises fundraising event we held earlier in the year, the raffle prizes have been kindly donated by dozens of our local businesses. Many thanks to each of them for their generosity and support for Brockley Max.

Brockley Max Raffle prize list

Bryan and Keegan – Bottle of Champagne

Pat-A-Cakes – Afternoon tea for two

Arlo and Moe – Voucher for their signature ‘Chocolate Guinness Cake’

Malaysian Deli – Three-course weekend meal for two

Paraphernalia – ‘Tomfoolery’ necklace and £10 voucher

Holly Tree Florist – £20 voucher

Blake Events – Personalised ‘balloon in a box’

Brockley Jack Theatre – Four adult tickets to any production in 2014

Ladywell Cycles – Full bicycle service or two puncture repairs

Le Delice Patisserie – £15 voucher

Slater and King – £20 voucher to spend in-store

The Larder – £25 deli voucher

Sapphire Grove – £50 voucher for dance lessons, workshops or performances

Claude Computing – One hour IT support

Bobble Handmade – Specially made cushion for Brockley Max

Emporia Gifts – £25 voucher

Jam Circus – Three-course dinner for two

Barbaros Hair Salon – £20 voucher towards any hair treatment

Hopscotch Café/bar – Coffee and cake for two

Neroli – Candle and soap gift set

Donde Tapas – £20 voucher

Vaidas Bikes – Free bike service

The Orchard – £30 voucher towards lunch or dinner

Babur Restaurant – £30 voucher

The Gantry – Voucher for bottle of Prosecco (two prizes)

Sodo Pizza Café – Two free pizzas

Zenubian Gifts – £20 voucher

KR’s Traditional Barber Station – Wash and cut

Brockley’s Rock – Cod and chips for four (2 adults, 2 children)

Hills and Parkes – Bag of artisan deli goodies

Mr Lawrence Wine Bar – Bottle of wine to drink in the bar

LDN Beer Dispensary – Burger, beer and pint of chips for two

Little Nan’s Bar – Voucher for cocktail teapot

Brockley Brewing Co – £20 voucher to spend at the brewery (beer, posters, t-shirts)

The White Room – ‘Learn to use sewing machine’ lesson with Nicky

JaneCanDo – Three-hour de-cluttering service


Brockley Max Opening Night line-up

Brockley Max starts this Friday, 31 May, and kicks off in grand style with our fantastic afternoon and evening of entertainment by the murals outside Brockley station.

Come down from 4pm onwards. The night’s entertainment is hosted by Dre and curated by musician and choirmaster Richard Swan. We’ve assembled some fantastic local talent spanning a range of musical genres, while our headline act, ChainSka Brassika, play ska and reggae and have appeared at many festivals including Glastonbury.

Here’s the running order for Brockley Max Opening Night.

The Opening Night running order

4pm: Ben Godwin

4:30pm: Gina Watson

5pm: Hummy Mummies

5pm: The True Believers

6pm: Victoria Wasley

6:20pm: Wilberforce

6:40pm: Dr Joe Joe

7pm: Sam Barnett

7:20pm: Zara

7:40pm: The Sea Kings

8pm: Braats

8:20pm: The Martini Encounter

8:40pm: Cat Knight

9pm: 23 Frames

9:20pm: Dawsons

9:40pm: The Hit Men

10pm: ChainSka Brassika


ChainSka Brassica

ChainSka Brassica play ska and reggae and will headline the Opening Night of Brockley Max
Photo: ChainSka Brassica

Brockley Max programme available

As you’ll have seen from our updates on Facebook and Twitter and on local blogs, we’ve now published details of events taking place at this year’s Brockley Max festival.

BrockleyMax programme

Download a PDF of the Brockley Max programme

Programmes are available for pick-up at shops and cafes in the Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak and Ladywell areas, and are also being handed out at local railway stations.

If you’re able to lend a hand with the distribution process, that would help immensely, as we’d like to spread the word as far as possible about Brockley Max. After all, it’s a festival for anyone and everyone in the area.

To volunteer to hand out programmes or drop off more copies at local shops, please go to http://tinyurl.com/bmaxprogs

To give us a hand giving out programmes at a local station, please go to http://tinyurl.com/bmaxrailway

If you’d simply like a copy of the programme and haven’t yet seen one, please download a PDF copy here: Brockley Max programme.

See you all at the Opening Night on Friday 30 May.


Brockley Max is kindly sponsored by Brockley’s Rock, Bryan & Keegan, Jam Circus and Gently Elephant

Brockley Max events

We’re now in countdown mode for the Brockley Max festival 2014, and are really excited by the line-up. We’ve secured some brilliant local performers for the Opening Night on Friday 30 May and are looking forward to a great street party breaking out down by the murals close to Brockley station.

We’re also incredibly excited to have both Felix’s School of Rock and the disco queens from I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet putting on events and strutting  their stuff at Art In The Park and the Brockley Max Closing Night on 7 June.

Little’s Nan’s bar from Deptford are kicking off their pop-up cocktail bar residency at The Talbot at the start of Brockley Max, while film-making and playwriting are being showcased at the Misty Moon Gallery and Jam Circus. Check out their respective listings for details of how to submit a film or play for performance during the festival.

We’ve got talks by internationally renowned cartoonist Martin Rowson and by the Build The Lenox campaigners, who want to help ensure the internationally important Deptford Dockyard is preserved and one of its most iconic ships rebuilt. And we’ve got a visit from Doctor Who babe Sophie Aldred and a chance to get up close to a real-life Dalek at our very own Doctor Who exhibition.

Throughout the festival there are gigs, recitals, workshops and excuses to socialise galore. Check out the full Event List here, or pick up a programme in almost any shop in Brockley, Crofton Park, Ladywell or Honor Oak.

Kids' puppet theatre

Kids’ puppet theatre at Art In The Park 2012

Brockley Max is coming together nicely, with plenty of events to keep everyone entertained from 30 May until Closing Night on Saturday 7 June. We’re now sorting out the details for Art In The Park – the family day that takes place on Hilly Fields.

We’re looking for volunteers who are good at arts, crafts and working with people (especially kids!). If you’d like to be a workshop leader, offer face painting skills or have other creative ideas that will engage under-14s please email elisabetta@brockleymax.co.uk.

Face painting at Art In The Park

Face painting at Art In The Park