Charlton Park festival: Benjamin Zephaniah and Dua Lipa tribute to play Greenwich Together ’21

Benjamin Zephaniah is coming to Charlton (photo: David Morris via Creative Commons)

Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah is one of the headliners at Greenwich Council’s new free festival in Charlton Park, to be held later this month.

The Birmingham-born artist will take the to main stage of the Greenwich Together ’21 event alongside his band The Revolutionary Minds on Saturday 21 August.

Tribute act The Ultimate Dua Lipa will also play, alongside the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Fat Brass Singalong, a “turbo-charged hip-hop jazztronica band”.

There will also be a dance stage and a community stage, featuring sets from The Kimberleys and Daisy Veacock. A “lawn of tranquility”, sports and healthy living zone and global festivals field are also planned, along with free School of Skate lessons for anyone inspired by the Olympics.

The event is a continuation of the council’s annual Great Get Together event, which was held at Barrack Field on Woolwich Common before moving to Woolwich town centre in 2019.

Adel Khaireh, the council’s cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “Greenwich has an amazing mix of cultures, communities and people, and we’ve all got so much to learn from and share with each other.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing so many of our residents together again, and our talented community organisations, artists and traders back in action. We’ve got a brilliant day of entertainment, for everyone to enjoy.”

The £165,000 festival will be held six months after The Charlton Champion revealed that the council had declined to install new lighting in the park to make it safe to use in the winter months.

More details and a full line-up are on the Greenwich Council website.


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