More than 4,000 visit Crystal Palace Overground Festival

"it was a nice carnival atmosphere" - Adrian Thomas

“it was a nice carnival atmosphere” Pic: Ana Christina LoCus

Thousands of people turned out over the weekend to enjoy the sunshine and entertainment at Crystal Palace’s seventh annual Overground Festival.

A series of creative,  entertainment and culinary events organized by local volunteers and supported by independent shops took place throughout a range of venues in Westow Park and the Upper Norwood area.

Also on offer were exhibitions, games, sports competitions, food, comedy, performances and live music. More than 4,000 people attended over the four days until the Festival closed on Sunday night.

Harpist Keziah Thomas and soprano Abigail Sudbury performed at the festival

Harpist Keziah Thomas and soprano Abigail Sudbury performed at the festival Pic: Ana Christina LoCus

Renata Shiclosy, a 27-year-old singer who attended the event said: “I am a newcomer and is my first festival here in London. I have really enjoyed it”. Her husband, Silvester Schiclosy, 32, said they had just moved to Croydon: “We are now enjoying  all this local events”

Childcarer Adrian Thomas, 42, missed last years event- so he decided to get involved for this year: “There was lots of different stores and there was health stores as well. I got my back checked out, I got a massage. I  also had some Spanish and Italian food. There was a big music stage…it was fantastic.”

Gery Cilveti, 44, one of the poetry perfomers, said “This is a really fun way of opening up an area so people can come and enjoy things that might not normally come across. Having all these shops and traders wanting to join in. Is kind of a local feel and is nice”.

For more information about the event visit the festival website

Have a listen to these short clips to hear what performers and visitors alike loved about the festival:

Harpist Keziah Thomas and poets Gile and Roxanna talk about performing in their local community

Visitors to Crystal Palace Overground Festival Edd Fitcher and Adrian Thomas

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