Something Creative For Everyone at the Streatham Festival

The Vale is delighted to co-sponsor the Streatham Festival which is celebrating its 20th anniversary and runs from 9-18 October.

It offers an action-packed programme of arts activities including music concerts, dance, workshops, poetry, the spoken word, crafts, themed walk and even something for dogs! Events take place at a variety of venues across Streatham and Tooting and you can even enjoy some activities from the comfort of your own home.

Here is a taster of what is on offer:


This visual arts bonanza showcases the talents of the many creative artists living and working in the area. They include painters, print makers, graphic design, digital art, sculpture, illustration – the list is almost endless. You can see their work on display in local shops, galleries, churches, schools and on the street. See the full festival programme for details.

Eye on Streatham

A new photography competition to which local residents, of all ages, are invited to contribute, be they professional photographers, amateurs or first time snappers.

The categories are:  Summer in Lockdown; Funtime in Lockdown – Pets, Family, Portraits; Nature in Streatham; Streatham is Open.  There will be prizes for category winners and the Festival hopes to hang these in local venues.  

And if you need some advice or a few tips on improving your images, there are a series of live and on-line workshops to help you.

In addition, local photographic artists will be exhibiting their work at various venues.


There will be no shortage of music genres, whether your love is jazz, classical, rock and pop, reggae, soul, hip hop, folk or post-punk.

If you have missed the atmosphere of a live concert, there is still just time to apply for tickets for the London Concertante’s soloists (three of them on violin, viola and cello) playing Mozart and 20th century French composer Jean Cras at St Thomas’s Church on 10th October. Tickets available from EventBrite.

Or try a little Flamenco with ‘Flamenco con Gusto’ who will be offering five free online taster classes. Join in or just watch and enjoy. Each class will be different so you can pick or choose or go for all five.

Celebrate the life and works of Jo-Ann Kelly, Streatham’s own ‘Queen of the Blues’. This on-line event (16 October) will feature some of Jo-Ann’s work and there will be a discussion and appreciation of her unique and powerful vocal style.


A little more bookish? Then why not dip into some of our talks and discussions? Local novelist, Amanda Brookfield and wildlife author Lev Parikian will be giving tips on how to get your own work published, drawing on their own experiences (11 October).

On the same day, Afghan writer, Hamed Amiri, author of Radio 4’s Book of the Week, ‘The Boy with Two Hearts’ will be interviewed by Hamza Jahanzeb, who has worked at publishers including Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan and Hachette. He is a Bookseller Rising Star 2020.

Streatham Saints and Sinners

This is a downloadable walk around the southern streets of Streatham. Set off from St. Leonard’s Church, Tooting Bec Gardens and you will guided from the busy bustle of the High Street to quiet backwaters with key highlights of the historic, famous and infamous pointed out along the way.

For the full Streatham Festival programme and information on how to book for events, visit