The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood is coming to Greenwich as part of a moon-themed cultural extravaganza making its debut in July, writes Laura Burgoine…

The Moon festival, hosted in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, is showcasing an eclectic programme of art, music, politics, botany, astronomy and gastronomy – all seen through a lunar lens.

Here are some highlights of the festival;

STREET PARTY & LUNAR MARKET
A free night of moon themed music, street art, astronomy, green installations, poetry and food and culminating in an art spectacle London will never forget. Run in partnership with Royal Borough Greenwich, this is an opportunity to discover a new part of London whilst immersed in the glowing light of the Moon.
Friday 19 July, 6pm-10pm. General Gordon Square. Free.

MAVERICK WOMEN AND THE MOON
Headlined by Margaret Atwood, this series looks at how throughout history and all across the world, there have always been women who lived at the edge of society and looked to the moon as a source of courage and inspiration. From 15t h century European Moon Goddesses all the way to Chinese lunar environmentalists via Afro-Brazilian traditions, Maverick Women and the Moon celebrates the close relationship between the moon and the women who have left and will continue to leave their mark on culture.
Saturday 20 July, 6:30pm-10pm. Greenwich University. Ticketed.

CLOSING PARTY: THE MOON UNDER WATER
The closing party is a musical and visual celebration of the moon, where sound and projected visuals come together in the stunning space beneath the hull of one of the world’s most famous ships, the Cutty Sark. As well as being transported by this audio-visual gig experience, you’ll also get the opportunity to join a Royal Observatory Astronomer on the Top Deck for a mini-lecture about the moon’s power. The shining hull of the ship will be brought to life by Adrena Adrena, a collaboration between visual artist Daisy Dickinson and drummer E-Da Kazuhisa (Boredoms, Seefeel). The duo blend drums, electronic sound and organic visual work and feature in their performances an eight-foot white lunar sphere which hangs above Kazuhisa’s drum kit and which Dickinson projects lunar images onto.
Friday 26 July, 8:30pm-12:30am. Cutty Sark. Ticketed.

The Moon Festival runs from July 19-26. https://moonfestival.co.uk