A girl smiles whlie throwing a bean bag at a funfair game

Thousands enjoy the thrills of the Phoenix Festival

Updated: 17 May 2022 at 15:03pm

A huge thanks to everyone who joined us at the Phoenix Festival 2022! 

Over 4,000 people flocked to Forster Memorial Park on 14 May to enjoy spectacular live music, food and drink, and entertainment to suit the whole family. 

Our headline act, the Little Mix Tribute Act LMX, entertained the crowds with their high-energy covers of popular hits, including ‘Shout out to my ex’ and ‘Wings’. Residents also enjoyed performances from other acts including, Sienna, Level 23, Xfade - a music collective from Sedgehill School, Taru and Brent Knoll School Makaton Choir. 

Other attractions included:  

  • actual reality arcade 
  • a graffiti workshop 
  • a soft play area for the under 5s 
  • land zorbs 
  • a mini zoo 
  • and a massage zone. 

Children walk along while performing drums at the Phoenix Festival

Denise Fowler, Chief Executive of Phoenix, said: “This was my first Phoenix Festival since becoming Phoenix’s Chief Executive and what a day! After a tough past two years it was wonderful to see our little corner of south London come together again to enjoy the sunshine and thrills. Each year we have a theme and this year’s was in partnership with Lewisham Borough of Culture - Strength Through Diversity. This year’s theme certainly celebrated our community and what makes it so great – the people and the culture. I can’t wait for everything else we have in store this year.” 

Headliners LMX performing on the main stage at the Phoenix Festival

Headliners, LMX

Phoenix tenant and Chair of the Board Carmen Simpson who opened the festival said: “I’ve been to the Phoenix Festival for the past 11 years and it was sorely missed during the pandemic. I have to say that this year’s Festival was the best and biggest yet and I was thrilled to have opened the event. It’s days like this that make me proud to be Chair of Phoenix. Now the world has awakened we have so much in-store for the area – stay tuned!” 

It was also an opportunity for Phoenix tenants to meet this year’s shortlisted Community Chest projects in person and cast their vote. The winners were announced on the main stage by Vice Chair of the Board Simon Barlow and they are: 

  • Brent Knoll & Watergate Summer Club 
  • Covid 19 Recovery Clinic & Healthy Living Therapies for over 55s 
  • Happy Feet 
  • Sports Fun 4 All 
  • Wellbeing Wednesdays 
  • Young Carers Holiday Clubs  

Thank you to everyone who voted. Look out on our website for more information on when these projects are running and how you can get involved. 

The festival was made possible by the support of local organisations including Amalgamated Lifts, ABM Catering, Clarke Wilmott, Height Safe, H20, Libra, Open View security Solutions, Planet Turf, Potter Raper, Madlins LLP, Mikhail Riches, Thomas Sinden, Liquid Recruitment, Bridge Recruitment, Sureserve -FE, Easy Copiers, Dolphin Mobility and other generous donors. 

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