Residents of Telegraph Hill and the surrounding area can enjoy a fortnight of cultural events following the launch of the Telegraph Hill festival yesterday.
Around 300 volunteers have been involved in the organisation of the annual festival, which was started 18 years ago by a local vicar. Over 70 concerts, workshops and exhibitions will take place at various venues in the area.
The festival is traditionally centered on a musical production, with this year’s choice being “Fiddler on the roof,” directed by local resident Sophie Robson. It will be performed at St Catherine’s church in Telegraph Hill this weekend.
Around 200 people, from young to pensioners, will be involved in the show, with professional tenor Nigel Robson playing the lead role.
Other events include a cake competition, comedy nights, a Caribbean choir workshop and a children’s art workshop, Ark in the Park, where children can make model animals using recycled materials.
Vanessa Lloyd of the Telegraph Hill festival group, which organises the events, said it was a great way to “utilize all the artistic talent in the area.”
She said: “It is really a project by the community, for the community. We have tried our hardest to provide a program which will have something for all kinds of people and ages”.
Although many of the events are free, the festival is self-funded through bar and tickets sales.
The last week of the festival will feature an “open studio” project, in which local artists around the area will open up their homes for people to visit and enjoy their works. A map will be provided for those who want to take part.
“Fiddler On the Roof” will take place this Saturday and Sunday at 4.30 and 6.30 pm.