Press Release

MUNCH – The Peckham Festival

We are delighted to announce the return of Pexmas’ summer outing (MUNCH 2013), taking place July 12 and 13th in Peckham. Now ‘The Peckham Festival of Food And Culture’, the event brings together diverse partners from foodie, cultural and community organisations from the local area and wider London for a celebration exploding out from a festival hub, market and bar on Holly Grove across the high streets of Central Peckham. Expect to shop, eat, watch, listen and participate in all sorts of foodie and cultural treats, and in doing so, to explore and discover all that Peckham has to offer. Promoting Southwark Foodbank.

The Festival Hub: a bespoke pop up modular market and events space on an underused park on Holly Grove in central Peckham which includes; stalls, streetfood, performances, demos, talks, discussions, workshops, a bar, information and facilities and an evening knees up show. Here everyone can pick up a copy of our Map of Peckham.


12noon-5pm – UP Projects – Talkaoke – a spontaneous pop up talk show, where you control the conversation!

1pm – Teatro Vivo – Grimms’ Collecting Agency – on a mission to assess the state of the nation, the Grimms will be collecting stories. Your stories…

2.30 – The National Theatre Watch This Space Festival presents Etta Ermini Dance Theatre‘s The Picnic – Dynamic dance, gentle comedy and a bit of a food fight make this a picnic you’ll want to join.

3pm – Teatro Vivo – Grimms’ Collecting Agency – a performance of a brand new story

4pm – Charmian Hughes – stand up comedy from our favourite savvy South Londoner

4.30pm – Carl Campbell Dance Company 7 presents the Recycled Teenagers

6pm – Game of Grapes – blind wine tasting game with the Queen of Corks – booking available soon…

8pm – Chris and The Celeriac – ‘boy band’ with tunes about jam and existential crises

8.30pm – 10.30pm – DJs – for head bopping and leg waggling good times


11.30am – Indian Folk Dance from Raastawala

12.30-3pm – Benedict O’Looney’s Architectural Tour of Peckham

12.30pm – South London Samba – Beats to Munch to!

1.30pm – Fit To Burst theatre performance

2pm – Graze As You Grow – an urban gardening discussion with local experts – bring your questions and funny shaped veggies…

3pm – The National Theatre Watch This Space Festival presents H2H by Joli Vyann – Four modern characters move ‘Hand to Hand’ ; an intense and dynamic fusion of dance, theatre and contemporary circus.

4pm – The Peckham Chamber Orchestra with Twin Peaks

Also look out for painting, printing, dancing, music and talks across the weekend.  More to be announced…. Keeping you on your toes…

The Map of Peckham: Showing performances, collaborations, tasting opportunities and events being hosted at cultural venues, shops and eateries around Peckham and Bellenden Road across the weekend.

Expect yoga in unexpected places, workshops in corners and films in streets. The map will encourage audiences in new and playful ways to venture into places they might not know, and into places they might know, but not in the way they thought…

Tasting tour of Peckham: Pick up your card at the Central Hub in Holly Grove and then get it stamped and TASTE the delights that Peckham and the surrounds have to offer. £10 bookable in advance or on the day.

Public Artwork: Local artist and co-founder of Asylum – an artist lead space in Peckham, Jo Dennis will produce a series of video “intervention” pieces that engage with the community of Rye Lane and highlight both the cultural diversity and the human unity of Peckham. Inspired in part by Gillian Wearing’s Dancing in Peckham (1994), Jo will film the people of Rye Lane – shop keepers, butchers, delivery men etc. dancing to the music of their choice in their own environment. She will then project this series of films in a space on or near Rye Lane set to one piece of music.

#Hamperswap – MUNCH is daring you to have a go at making, creating, growing or assembling your own wee selection to bring in beauteous hamper (or box / bag / old drawer) form to swap with another, mystery brave soul and be amazed, inspired, revolted or charmed by what you find within… Take a risk and enjoy the rewards!

Mentoring Young People:somewhereto_ is a Big Lottery-funded programme that gives young people, ages 16-25, free space to do creative and entrepreneurial things. somewhereto_ is partnering with Pexmas for the third time to help bring two young entrepreneurs to market with a series of mentoring sessions to boost their market potential. For a look at previous Pexmas stallholders through somewhereto_, check out Jammatology at Pexmas Munchhere. For more on what’s coming up, check out thesummer of somewhereto_coming in June.

There is something for everyone! Join in the #MUNCH #PeckhamFestival fun on Facebook [pexmas], Twitter @pexmas and Instagram [pexmas].


Notes to editors:

About Pexmas Ltd

Producers of extraordinary markets, festivals and events; Pexmas is passionate about supporting local communities, encourages creative exchange between partners, organisations, traders and the public, and aims to engage audiences of all ages.  A celebration of local talent, their events are a showcase of local artisans, street food, designer makers, artists and performers. (Look out for Nunhead Food and Cultural Festival popping up in October 2014!)

Partners/Performers/Participating Organisations

Southwark Council, Southwark Foodbank, The National Theatre, Peckham Plex, Peckham Platform, Peckham Vision, The Means, Reprezent Radio, Somewhereto_, Peckham Liberal Club, Rye Lane Traders Association, PemPeople, We Are Amplify, UP Projects, Teatro Vivo, South London Samba, HSBC, Halifax, Whitten Timber, Gourmandising, Fit to Burst, Jo Dennis, LucyYoga, Chris and the Celeriac…


For more information, please go to or email


July Saturday 12 & Sunday 13, 11am-6pm. Saturday Evening Shenanigans till 11pm.

Venue: Holly Grove Park, Peckham, SE15 5DF and popping up at sites across Peckham

Free Entry


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