New for PRMF 2017: Introducing the Fringe

Peckham Rye Music Festival isn’t all about the music; it’s about the community that fosters the creation of the cultures that the festival is celebrating. From the Monday through to Sunday there will be a series of Fringe events taking place in some of Peckham’s best venues, including panel talks, creative art and music workshops, installations and performances.

On Tuesday starting at 7pm at THE NINES 4wdnup are letting you grab the mic with a night of local talent hosted by Tyrone Lee. With special guest poets, dancers, singer, and rappers, this is your chance to either show off what you’ve got or just go along and listen to the fantastic array of local talent Peckham has to offer.

Wednesday it will be time to roll your sleeves up to get dirty and creative at Creative Debuts day of clay! Melissa Grace Farnie is a Mackem designer and founder of EL-AICH Designs. Her desire is to create fun, functional and affordable products to make a house a home, and she’ll be showing you how with a free workshop at THE NINES, starting at 2pm.

On Wednesday evening the Listening Space will open. Listening space is a sound and light installation transforming a shop space into an audiovisual experience.  Come along and enjoy the sculpted space to pause, listen and reflect.  Listening Space has collaborated with Time Is Away ( who use archival recordings, beautiful sounds and spoken word to create a soundscape exploring the theme of Land : A Common Treasury.  This is a social space encouraging minds to wander and the collective imaginations to be guided through a sonic narrative exploring the meanings embedded in land; not one to miss if you’re feeling a little sore after the opening weekend.You can find it at 56 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR, from 12-6pm each day starting Wednesday.

On Thursday we’re calling all those with a flair for interior design and a love of craft. Are you a person who enjoys learning new skills and working with their hands? Then may be our 1 day taster upholstery workshop is for you! Learn how to upholster a small footstool from start to finish and get a taste for a dynamic trade that’s lots of fun. We will begin by staining the legs of the stool and then build the cushion using modern upholstery methods, finally, finishing with a fabric of your choice. The workshop will cost £40 for all the materials you will need. Head down to THE NINES starting at 11am; the teaching is free, we just want to get people excited about craft! 10 Spaces will be available, so please contact  Ayesha via the website to book a place.

Come the evening THE NINES will be hosting Rhythm Sister Panel: Accessing The Music Industry. Rhythm Sister, an all female and non-binary collective of producers and DJ’s, will be hosting guest speakers Ashley Mall (Boiler Room), DJ & Producers Cooly G, Moxie, Artwork, and Lauren Martin (Red Bull Music Academy) on the topic of issues around accessibility and equality in the music industry. This event is now full.

Friday is #FreeArtFriday with Creative Debuts, designed to liberate the artist and excite the discoverer. A creative free-for-all with no rules and no exceptions, the event will seek to break down the barriers of pretentiousness that surround the art world, and making art more accessible through championing creativity and generosity. Whether you fancy yourself a stickman sketcher or a secret Cézanne, head to John the Unicorn on Rye Lane from 1pm.

After a rousing success last year, CDR are returning to the fringe with a day of workshops, artist talks, performance collaborations and a club night, starting at 1pm on Saturday the 20th at Peckham Springs. Also make sure you check out the competition they are running in collaboration with the BA/BSc Sound Design course team at the School of Arts and Creative Industries; they’ve got some studio time up for grabs at their state of the art recording facilities at Elephant Studios, London SE1.