Bankside is to be a hub of activity during this month's three week Made in Southwark promotion presented by Southwark Festival.
Art Places, designed to uncover many hidden talents within Bankside, has brought together businesses, Borough-based organisations and artists to showcase the work of the vibrant artistic community. Venues in Borough High Street include the Slug & Lettuce, Stirling Ackroyd, Quinlan's Opticians, HSBC, John Harvard Library, Carducci Shoes and nearby Simply Nico. Also joining in are Feng Sushi in Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral, the Union Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Restaurants include Champor Champor in Weston Street. Architects Dinwiddie MacLaren in Snowsfields are also joining in along with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Artist and curator Mark Haywood is opening his Bermondsey home for an exhibition of work by internationally known artists who have a connection with Southwark. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the panoramic view across the Festival area from his high level home windows. Meanwhile Tate Modern is promoting a range of gifts and cakes made in Southwark.
A special theme this year is the series of walks highlighting the heritage of Borough and Bankside. Author and historian John Constable will be conducting an evening tour based on the Southwark Mysteries and actors in Chaucer costume will be walking the start of the original pilgrim route to Canterbury before a special show at Southwark Playhouse.
• The full programme, including events in Peckham, can be obtained from Southwark Cathedral, Southwark Information Centre or at www.southwarkfestival.org.uk. Call 020 7403 7400 for further information.