Camberwell Green played host to a Fair for its local community from 1279 to 1855, before eventually bowing to the objections raised by the increasingly gentrified majority who complained of the "disgusting and demoralising scenes which they were powerless to prevent". You can read more on the ancient fair here courtesy of Alphabet Threat.
In 2015, Afro/Jazz/World music specialists Wormfood were awarded High Street Challenge funding from Southwark Council to create a free festival on Camberwell Green that would bring people to the centre of Camberwell, and work with local businesses to give them a chance to showcase themselves and allow them to engage with the community. Arts Council England also generously contributed further funding for the Fair, which helped for more to deliver an incredible musical programme of world-famous performers on Camberwell Green, including Reggae legend Dawn Penn, Afrobeat pioneer Dele Sosimi, and international band of rascals The Turbans.
Wormfood teamed up with event producers Pexmas and Continental Drifts to deliver a safe, well-managed event which was enjoyed by 3500 people. The Fair picked up steam rapidly, with lots of partners wanting to get involved and show their support. Among these are Shahlaa Discovers (community stage showcase), Global Local, Movimientos, Hatch, SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts Festival, DJAMedia and Urban Farmers Market, as well as a huge range of local businesses.
Now in its second year, the Fair will move to the Camberwell side of Burgess Park, allowing an increased capacity and expanded event. We are forming a wide range of new partners local to Burgess Park, including Creation Trust, Pembroke House, Friends of Burgess Park, The Walworth Society, LCC, Artworks and local businesses. This event is committed to inclusivity, open-mindedness and community spirit.
If you have an idea (big or small) or want to get involved with the Fair in any way, please go to this page to see how you can get involved!