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Festival bids to be a Big Draw

PUBLISHED: 17:32 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 12 August 2010

BEAT THIS: Last year’s Big Draw.

BEAT THIS: Last year's Big Draw.

ORGANISERS of a festival celebrating the 75th anniversary of a village society have promised something for everyone at the two-week event.

ORGANISERS of a festival celebrating the 75th anniversary of a village society have promised "something for everyone" at the two-week event.

Visitors to the Chislehurst Festival, which starts this Saturday, can expect dance displays, singing workshops, salsa classes, cookery demonstrations, bell ringing, concerts, walks, talks, fashion shows and music.

The Chislehurst Society is organising the event to mark its anniversary. Project manager Elly Abels said: "We are very excited about the event. It's the first time we have done something like this.

"We have tried to make it as community centred as possible and have invited everyone in Chislehurst who can sing, dance or write to come along, as well as including retailers.

"It would be great if we could make it an annual event. I would like it to be bigger and better every year.

"There is so much going on in Chislehurst, I grew up here and had no idea there was so much going on.

"I'm particularly looking forward to the concerts and to the natural health day but the Taste of Japan event will be fascinating I'm sure." Chislehurst Commons will host the Alice in Wonderland Big Draw event on Saturday, September 26, where visitors can paint with gigantic brushes, move mighty chessmen or delve into the tiny world of microscopic art. There will also be a life-sized house of cards and the afternoon will finish with a Mad Hatter's tea party. Entry is free, with a small charge for the painting kit.

Meanwhile, budding performers can take part in the open mic night on Tuesday, September 29, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm at Livingstone House, Beechcroft, where novice and seasoned artists will perform in a friendly, teetotal, lounge-style environment.

Refreshments will be available. Admission is free but please let the organisers know if you are planning to go.

Anyone who fancies trying out their oratory skills can go along to a workshop organised by Bromley Speakers, who will be giving free demonstrations of techniques at the Legion in Belmont Lane on September 30.

The festival is also tying in with the Open House London architecture showcase.

Buildings which will be open include the Church of the Annunciation, in High Street, which was designed by James Brooks, and the home of Napoleon III, Camden Place in Camden Park Road.

For a full festival line-up and opening times, see www.chislehurstfestival.co.

uk, call 07913 046157, email festival@chislehurst-society.org.uk or write to The Chislehurst Society, PO Box 82, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5TT.

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