Photograph of the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir in rainbow colours

Phoenix Festival returns on 11 May!

Updated: 2 May 2019 at 10:57am

Our yearly celebration of our community is nearly here – and we’ll be returning to Forster Park with a UK chart-topping local act headlining the festival stage.

The free-to-attend Phoenix Festival on Saturday 11 May regularly attracts thousands of our residents and our neighbours in Lewisham and from further afield.

This year, we’re delighted that the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir will headline the stage, with other acts performing including Sienna, performers from the D&B Academy, and the Forster Park and Rangefield School Steel Pan Band and Choir Ensemble.

The NHS Choir had a Christmas number one hit with their cover of ‘A Bridge Over You’, and have performed at festivals and major venues including Glastonbury, Wembley, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Janet Daby, MP for Lewisham East, who will open the event, said: “I will be delighted to take part in such a great community event.  It is a fantastic local initiative and I look forward to meeting many our residents there!”

Jim Ripley, our Chief Executive, said: “The fantastic NHS Choir is the icing on top of what will be a brilliant day for our community. The Phoenix Festival sees people from across south-east London come together, getting to know each other and finding out what we’re all about. I can’t wait. Make sure to be there early so you don’t miss out!”

Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy a dog show and competition, climbing walls, laser tag, arts and crafts, the chances to get to know more about Phoenix services and local community groups, and much, much more.

Our yearly festival both celebrates the community and is an opportunity for us to meet residents and hear your views on our services. Tenants will also have the opportunity to vote for which community projects receive funding from its £100k Community Chest fund (which they can also do online here), with those successful announced at the Festival.

We would like to thank our incredibly generous sponsors, without whom the day wouldn’t be possible: A D Construction, European Asbestos, Amalgamated Lifts, Bridge Recruitment, Castleton, Easy Copiers, H20, Oxleas Tree Care, Owen Construction, Pellings, the Pension Insurance Corporation, Planet Turf and Saltash and all other supporters.

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On the stage:

12:10 – Sienna

12:30 – Welcome to the Phoenix Festival!

12:45 – Forster Park and Rangefield School Steel Pan and Choir Ensemble

1:30 – Vocal Velvet

2:15 – Cosimo Keita Organ Trio

3:10 – Performers from D&B Academy

4:00 – Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir