Elefest 2012

Art & Culture

This weekend, from 5th to 7th of October, Elefest celebrates its tenth edition with a host of activities for free that are well worth checking out.

The Heygate and The Pullens, two emblematic estates of the ‘Elephant’ district will host the Estate Art Project, in which eight artists will create and collaborate on two different live art works offering the audience an opportunity to meet and interact with the artists as they work. As well as this, Hotel Elephant’s gallery will present a collection of works by artists who have worked in (or whose work is about) Elephant and Castle. 
As for food, on Friday and Saturday, the former Shell Station will host the StockMKT, a night market with fresh food and live music, while on the Saturday morning the same venue hosts the, “Food that makes community” event, offering a taste of different dishes from the various national cuisines of the diverse cross section of population that makes up the Elephant & Castle community .
Film lovers can also get their fix at Elefest – The Electric Elephant cafe will screen two vintage films about London music: “Rude Boy”, the story of a roadie for The Clash, and the classic mod movie “Three Hats for Lisa”. The festival will also screen films about street culture, as part of the Underground Skate Film Festival, which will be accompanied by skate jams, exhibitions and music.
The festival also has a focus on the local environment – on Sunday, there will be various activities in the Mobile Gardeners’ Park, a new volunteer led community garden project in the area which aims to be a space for growing, relaxing, learning and entertainment.
This year, the central theme revolves around demolition -with all the venues having been challenged by demolition in the past yet somehow managing to survive it. 
For more information about the festival click here