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Hampstead Summer Festival 

Our boys will be exhibiting in the Keats Grove Community Mural Festival this weekend. Head down to the Hampstead Summer Festival this weekend to see the creations of our after school mural club. We will be exhibiting two murals based on the poems of John Keats.

For the last two years the Hampstead Summer Festival  had to be scaled down, and organisers made the decision to move the Festival to the lovely gardens of Keats House, across two weekends.

This gave them an idea for this year’s Opening Event.  The 2022 Festival will launch an Art Street.  Keats Grove, one of the loveliest streets in Hampstead, will be adorned with handpainted canvas murals inspired by the poetry of John Keats, for the duration of the Festival.  The canvases will be painted by children from local schools participating in the Annual Children’s Art Competition, and local artists.  Visitors walking down to Hampstead Heath will stroll past and enjoy this colourful sight.

In the afternoon of Saturday 25th June Keats Grove will welcome a Rock Choir, the Choir of St Christopher’s  School, a  performance from the pupils of Rona Hart School of Dance and South Hamptead School’s Cheerleaders.  After people has visited the murals they can relax with a glass of wine on the lawn.

The following day, Sunday 26th , the popular Family Garden Party will be organised by Keats Community Library. A new attraction this year will be a mini-film school where the children can try out cameras and film techniques. And of course, the garden will be full of children enjoying rhyme-time, storytelling, a birds of prey demonstration, an art activity table and face painting, while the grown-ups enjoy tea, cake and wine on the lawn.

The second weekend sees a return visit by Drama Impact with a family friendly open-air production of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan romance The Taming of the Shrew . On Saturday 2nd July there will be two performances at 1 & 5pm. The audience is encouraged to picnic and refreshments will be available.

And the Grand Finale will be on Sunday 3rd July when the Art Fair will display work for sale as well as the entries to the Open Exhibition, the prizegiving of the Picture the Heath competition, and an art activity table.  As in previous years there will be craft stalls, delicious international food and wine and ice cream. A perfect way to spend a Sunday Summer Afternoon.

Els Bauer, one of the Founders of the Festival, said:  “Art has always been at the heart of the Festival and we are really keen to bring art into the streets of Hampstead. The reaction of the residents of Keats Grove has been lovely. We want everyone to stroll down there to see it!”

The Hampstead Summer Festival has been running for 12 years now, raising vital funds for two popular local charities, Hampstead School of Art and Keats Community Library. The events are free to visit, with the exception of the Plays where tickets are £25 full price/ £20 concessions/ £78 for a family ticket for two adults and two children, bookable through Eventbrite.