MyRaynesPark Festival announces exciting line-up for 2014

Artists will descend on Raynes Park at the end of the month

Artists will descend on Raynes Park at the end of the month

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

An exciting line-up of high quality artists is set to storm Raynes Park for the annual festival.

Highlights of MyRaynesPark Festival 2014 include an open mic poetry night with award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams and a youth cafe where young people can show their creative skills.

Comedian John Williams will perform his one-man show about autism, My Son's Not Rainman. 

The 'social justice festival' which will run from May 30 to June 8, was set up in the midst of the 2009 recession in an attempt to bring the community together and attract artists and businesses to the area.

Mark Williamson, community development manager at Raynes Park Community Church, who helped start the festival, said: "The festival is part of an attempt to give Raynes Park more of a sense of identity.

"A lot of people refer to it and West Wimbledon and it's something that substantiates Raynes Park being Raynes Park and attracts high quality artists to the area."

This year's theme is The Pursuit of Happiness, to help celebrate happiness in the community by asking residents to nominate outstanding people who live and work in Raynes Park and make other lives happier.

Other events include an art competition, a community sports and fun day and a Gratitude Wall in the Raynes Park railway tunnel where people can write or draw things they are thankful for.

Entries to the art competition, open to all ages and embracing all forms of visual art, will be displayed in an exhibition at St Matthew's exhibition opening at St Matthew's Church on May 31.

To nominate someone for the Raynes Park Happy List, e-mail happylist@myraynespark.co.uk with your name, the name and contact details of the nominee and the reason for the nomination.

To find out more about MyRaynesPark Festival, visit the dedicated website

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