As well as a range of pre-recorded musical performances you can explore, there’s plenty of live events taking place during the Brockley Max Festival period.

Daily at 8pm: Luke Wright – live on Twitter

Luke Wright performs his poems on Twitter each evening at 8pm
Luke Wright performs his poems on Twitter each evening at 8pm

Celebrated poet Luke Wright co-headlined a fantastic sold out fundraiser for Brockley Max alongside satirical cartoonist back in February. Ever since the beginning of the lockdown he’s been reading his own work (and, occasionally, other peoples’) on Twitter every night at 8pm. Luke’s work is very contemporary, and somewhat sweary, but mighty funny too.

“His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” The Guardian 

Daily online

Diddi Dance

Diddi Dance are running their full range of fun toddler dance classes online, so check out their Facebook page if you’re looking for some brilliant sessions to keep your children active, whether at home or outside. There’s an introductory trial session to get you and your little ones in the groove!

Get up on your feet and dance with Diddi Dance

Stories Of Inspirational Women – Marie Curie

Storyteller and teaching artist Genevieve Robinson shares the radioactive story of Marie Curie in a video put together especially for Brockley Max online. Genevieve will be using her YouTube channel to share more tales of inspirational women throughout history. She previously hosted the Women Of The Lens festival during Brockley Max 2018 and is delighted to be involved with Brockley Max in its online guise.

Stories of Inspirational Women looks at Marie Curie’s remarkable work

Friday 29th May

Sweet Machine – Count Me In!

Sweet Machine embrace 70s and 80s electronic influences to produce contemporary synth pop sounds that are both danceable and melodic. Their latest offering, Count Me In! introduces new vocalist Tim Clayton and is available from Friday 29th May – cunningly, a year since their Brockley Max debut!

If you enjoy Depeche Mode and Blancmange you may just like Sweet Machine

Friday 29th May, 7pm

Jim Carey Connell

A concoction of original songs and cover versions from local singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Carey Connell. Expect flourishes of acoustic guitar, poetic extravagances and a gravelly baritone. Live from a shady nook and cranny in Brockley’s very own Stir Crazy’s Virtual Cocktail Bar &

Jim Carey Cornell performs Neon Guitar Stories

Friday 29th May, 9pm

The DreZone – Live At Brockley Max

The DreZone – Singer, Songwriter, DJ and Multi-Instrumentalist, premieres a 45-minute concert that originally took place on Saturday 5th June 2010 on top of Hilly Fields during Art In The Park. This performance includes early versions of songs which would make it to a later released solo album “Soliloquy 7”. Under the moniker “MC Dre”, The DreZone was also a long-time host/compere for the opening nights of the Brockley MAX festival. With the intention to return to Hilly Fields a decade after this performance, recent global events had put the idea to a halt… Therefore, for the first time ever on Brockley MAX online: streamed via YouTube on Friday 29th May at 9pm BST.

Saturday 30th May from 12.30pm

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Virtual Disco Dance Class

The funk-tastic, feelgood online classes are led by HSDY dancer Andrea Rose (a dancer with Kylie Minogue back in the day). Every week she teaches the moves to a different 70s & 80s track, as well as freestyle moves. Wear something sparkly if you fancy. Come on your own or book to boogie with your friends and family in lockdown. We’ll be learning Footloose by Kenny Loggins with freestyle dancing to Good Times by Chic and Hot Stuff by Donna Summer.

£6 per person, with £1 going to Cancer Research UK

Dance yourself dizzy with Haven’t Stop Dancing Yet’s virtual disco class

Saturday 30th May, 7pm to 8pm

Saturday 30th May, 8pm to 11pm

Funk Back with DJ Giles Frampton

As a memorable festival fundraiser at the Fox & Firkin attested and weekly Facebook DJ sessions continue to confirm, Giles’ (aka mrTidy’s) three hour sets offer some of the best funk and soul live!

Get ready to get funky with mrTidy’s Saturday evening DJ set

Saturday 30th May, from 10.30pm

The After Party featuring DreZone

Another chance to get down with DJ The DreZone as he presents a tribute to Prince. Be sure to wear something purple.

Sunday 31st May, 5pm – 7.30pm

Acoustic Anarchy 

Acoustic Anarchy is usually a monthly folk and punk acoustic night at beer and homebrew shop waterintobeer. After a successful inaugural online version of this regular event, Acoustic Anarchy is back with a Brockley Max online special featuring regular performers in the shop, Martin Howard, Lou Crisfield, Kerplodus and Little Big Noise.

Acoustic Anarchy takes over waterintobeer and broadcasts online live performances

Monday 1st June – take part any day up to and including Sunday 7th June

Here Comes the Summer Sewing Challenge

Every week Brockley-based Make Mee Sewing Studio has been challenging anyone who wants to take part to send them photos based on something they’ve made based on that week’s theme. With plenty of late Spring/early Summer sunshine, they’re challenging Brockley Max-ers young and not so young to design something summery. How about an eye-catching sunhat, a striking sunglasses case, shorts for sunbathing or skateboarding or simply a sleeve to keep your drinks cool? Send a snap of your makes to info@makemeestudio.co.uk by Sunday evening to be part of the online gallery.

Who’s the coolest kid on the block? Show off your summery makes with Make Mee’s summer sewing challenge

Monday 1st June from 6pm

Sirrah Sisters present A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Every evening from 6pm Sirrah Sisters will be sharing their episodes from their performance of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy on Facebook. The new quarantined version is suitable for children and for dreamers. For those who were lucky enough to watch their incredible performance during Brockley Max 2018 this will be a nightly treat! Watch the trailer here:

Head to Facebook to watch socially distant daily episodes of Shakespeare’s comedy

Tuesday 2nd June, 7pm – 9pm

Life Drawing with Adult Education Lewisham

Adult Education Centre on Brockley Rise is offering a range of creative classes from pottery to printmaking, embroidery to photography so you can study from home. The courses cost just £10 each and last up to six weeks. The full list of courses can be found here.  You can learn all about drawing the human figure with the five- week Life Drawing class. The weekly sessions cover line, tone, form, movement, colour and composition.

Tuesday 2nd June from 7pm

Jim Carey Connell

A concoction of original songs and cover versions from local singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Carey Connell. Expect flourishes of acoustic guitar, poetic extravagances and a gravelly baritone. Live from a shady nook and cranny in Brockley’s very own Stir Crazy’s Virtual Cocktail Bar & Grill https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6dKUPeAVO9nsn9FgbvJbA

Wednesday 3rd June from 6.30pm

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Virtual Disco Dance Class

Funk-tastic, feelgood dance classes led by HSDY dancer, Andrea Rose: https://www.wegottickets.com/HSDY. £6 per person, with £1 going to Cancer Research UK

Learn the moves to iconic tracks with Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet

Wednesday 3rd June, 7pm-9pm

Make Mee Studio Sewing Social

Enjoy sewing and hand-stitching and keen to share your enjoyment with other sewists and crafters? Make Mee’s online weekly Sewing Social is just for you. Get feedback on your makes and in-progress projects and ask for tips from expert tutor Tracey. Suggested donation £5 (if you can). Email info@makemeestudio.co.uk with details of what you’ll be making and to get the Skype login.

Sewing tutor Tracey hosts weekly Sewing Socials for those who can already sew

Wednesday 3rd June, 7-8pm

Another hour of funky tunes.

Thursday 4th June, 5pm to 6pm

Make A Sunglasses Case

Learn how to make your own designer sunglasses case using fabric or leather.  Sign up beforehand by emailing info@makemeestudio.co.uk and the ladies at Make Mee Studio will send you a pattern and guide you through it via video lesson.  No experience necessary but you’ll need a sewing machine if you want to make a fabric one, or patience to sew it by hand. £5 for this Skype-based class. They’ll even deliver fabric for the class if you live locally.

If you’d prefer to make something else, Make Mee also offers children’s sewing classes as well as Wednesday evening sewing socials (just before The Great British Sewing Bee!).

Learn to make a snazzy sunglasses case with Make Mee Studio’s hour-long Skype class

Thursday 4th June, 8pm to 9pm

Write Brockley

Four local indie authors read original fiction and poetry direct from their own garrets. Zoom in for an entertaining hour of poetic invention and story telling including an extract from a brand new novel. Feel free to bring your own wine.

 Thursday 4th June at 8pm

Laugh Train Home: Comedy For The Curious

Weekly comedy nights starring some of the UK’s best-known stand-up comedians usually take place at The Honor Oak. Gigs are currently continuing online for those who crave a little light relief and topical banter. Comedy For The Curious, hosted by Jen Brister, focuses on “big, small and stupid life questions, and tries to explain them with science”.

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Friday 5th June

All day

Ceri James – Another Chance

One of Brockley Max’s musicians from the very early days of the festival, Ceri James is a folk, blues and country guitarist and singer who regularly gigs around London. He’s kindly offering Brockley Max-ers a totally free download of his new single, Another Chance. Download his latest track using the link  (no email address required) or pay what you like and enjoy some fantastic folk.

Brockley Max regular Ceri James’ latest track is available for free download

Friday 5th June

7pm

Open Mind: An evening of Stories and Poems
Click into an entertaining and thought provoking evening of stories and poems with local writers group, Writers of our Age (WOOA) to celebrate Brockley Max from home.

We are a group of published writers which has been meeting for 15 years, to read work in progress and give each other feedback. Between us we write in a wide variety of genres and styles.

 We have been bringing an event to Brockley Max for four years.

Reading tonight are: Ruth Bradshaw, Neil Lawrence, Cherry Potts, Carolyn Robertson, Bartle Sawbridge, Innes Stanley, and Joan Taylor Rowan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSGUFw6WliM&feature=youtu.be

https://www.facebook.com/ArachnePress/videos/274686873672852/

For more info about WOOA, contact Bartle: sawbridgebartle@gmail.com

Saturday 6th June, 11am and 2pm

Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar 

Based on the book by Emily MacKenzie, Join the Dots Theatre presents an interactive online storytelling show about reading, friendship and learning to do the right thing. For children aged 3-8 and their families. The show will be delivered live, online, via Zoom. Tickets: https://forms.gle/aLV6a1j3PdnFbLny7

Saturday 6th June, 12.30pm

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Virtual Disco Dance Class

Funk-tastic, feelgood dance classes led by HSDY dancer, Andrea Rose: https://www.wegottickets.com/HSDY. £6 per person, with £1 going to Cancer Research UK

Sunday 7th June

10.30am

Shamanic Online drumming Circle
Our online drumming circle offers the opportunity to learn and build your knowledge of the founding principles of shamanic practice. Uplifting meditations, shamanic drumming, extraction work and a sharing circle. This is a free event held via Zoom. Meeting ID: 841 7651 2380 (same code for each week) (1.5 hours duration.
 

Art and creative classes – see individual dates

Adult Education Centre on Brockley Rise is offering a range of creative classes from pottery to printmaking and photography so you can study from home. The courses cost just £10 each and last up to six weeks.

The following classes begin during the Brockley Max period while other courses can be found here.
Life Drawing starts Tuesday 2nd June
 7-9pm, 5 week course

Life Drawing one day workshop – Saturday 6 June 10am-3.30pm

Pottery – throwing for beginners – starts Saturday 6 June 10am-1pm, 3 week course

Pottery – throwing & handbuilding an introduction – starts Saturday 6 June 1.30-3.30pm, 3 week course

Lewisham Adult Education Centre is offering online art classes

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