The Urban Village Fete returns to Greenwich Peninsula this weekend. One of London’s biggest free events, the modern summer fete with a twist is a celebration of creativity, culture and community in the city, writes Laura Burgoine…

Curated by Hemingway Design, the fete celebrates its 5th year by bringing together some of the finest music, dance, comedy, workshops, talks, arts, crafts and food for a fun-filled day for all ages.
Get ready to dance to the specially selected summer tunes of headline DJ Gilles Peterson along with performances from Jazz Re:Freshed on the main stage. Display your turntable prowess on the family stage as Charity Shop DJ host the Urban Village Fete Eurovision DJ Contest; and for those with a love of London, go along and listen to Robert Elms debate the future of working in the City.

There will be colourful walkabout entertainment such as the Sniffer Dogs causing mischief with their tongue-in-cheek performances, and a huge line-up of interactive workshops suitable for all ages. There’s also model making and storyboarding from award winning Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animation and drawing techniques from Sprayskool / Ted Draws.

Up your dance skills with the Land of a Thousand Dances where you’ll be taught to Floss, Harlem Shake, do the Robot or just do it Gangnam style… all courtesy of Greenwich Dance.
Workshops also cater for foodies with classes in fermenting, making a smoker and urban beekeeping.

If you want to get your swag on there’s a a host of stalls with crafts and clothing by local designer makers.

Attracting over 30,000 visitors last year, 2019’s Urban Village Fete promises to be even bigger and bolder.

The Urban Village Fete is at Greenwich Peninsula, 1 W Parkside, SE10 0BN, on Sunday 19 May at 11am-7pm. Admission: free.