Brockley MAX Programme Announced

The Brockley MAX starts this weekend. After Moira Tait stepped down from organising Brockley's arts festival, a new team stepped up, to take on the challenge. Without their efforts, the festival could have died, so we owe them a debt of thanks for their hard work. This year, much of the action shifts to Jam Circus and the Brockley Jack Theatre.

We hope to bring you more coverage very soon, but for now, here's what the new organising team say:

Now in its 6th Year, Brockley Max has become an established event in the local community. An opportunity for people to experience the talent and creativity of this part of South East London.

This year we have a fantastic mix of Art, Music, Film, Theatre, Dance, Workshops and more. With most of the events free for all to enjoy!

For more information, and up-to-the-minute listings and line-ups, you can find out more on the Brockley Max website, www.brockleymax.co.uk

Including ways you can take part and make this year’s festival the best to date!

We’d like to thank all of the artists, volunteers, venues and supporters that have chosen to take part this year. Without them, the festival could never take place.

46 comments:

Monkeyboy said...

Didn't see my fellow Italian blog reader Max listed in the artists section? Come on old boy, don't be shy. I'm sure you could contribute a nice picture of a bowl of fruit or a kitten in an old boot. You know, something classy?

They've even named a festival after you.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

Whether is it me or my computer or the site I don't know, but I can't read the Brockley Max page as the whole screen appears blocked by menus or drop downs.

Anybody else had this problem?

Brockley Nick said...

@TM - yes, I have the same problem if I view it in Internet Explorer. If you have Firefox, try that - works for me.

Headhunter said...

Yes, I can't view it either - it just comes up as a mass of green splodges and I can't read anything...

Anonymous said...

If you don't have firefox you can't see the page. Can someone tell the organisers, otherwise a lot of us won't be going to any events because we don't know where they are! I'm already annoyed that I've managed to go to Cornwall next weekend and will miss the closing bash. grrhh!
ratbag

Brockley Nick said...

@Ratbag - I have told them and they say they're going to try and fix it.

Anonymous said...

Why have the organisers left it so late to publish details of the event?

It starts this weekend and the information comes out a day or two before?

Surely, most people will have already made their plans etc for the weekend!

Headhunter said...

To give them credit, this must be the 1st year they have run it, so there are boudn to be some teething probs. I hope it's a success!

Anonymous said...

I think they are going to need some help. If you are on facebook, myspace, blogs etc, spread the word about the max.

Headhunter said...

Yes, publicity this year doesn't seem to be what it was last year so not sure who will be around. At least the weather looks good-ish this weekend

Bmax Dave said...

Just to let everyone know the website viewing issues with IE6 have been resolved.

As a further point as I'm guessing very few of you know, we've had only 3 months to plan and organise this year's festival due to a very late changeover - this has caused many issues along the line which we've done our very best to work around and solve. Typically Brockley Max has a full year of planning and organisation to bring you the festival, had we not stepped in, you guys wouldn't have any festival.

That's my rant over - i've off to deliver programmes.

Do dah said...

Bmax Dave do you want any help ? List specific things that need doing, that the average joe or joanna can do.

Bmax Dave said...

At this moment, programme delivery - especially towards the outliers of Brockley - I've already got some who have offered to help via the website, but the more the merrier in this case - if anyone is in a position to pick up some programmes and deliver in their street/surrounding streets, telephone me on 07790 010 974 and we'll arrange.

Thanks to all that can help.

Brockley Kate said...

Good programme distribution going on at the train station this morning!

I understand the programmes are so late because of a major cock-up by the printers - so respect to the B-Max organisers for springing into action now that they've arrived.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or is nothing happening on Hilly Fields this year? am I misreading the programme?

Many thanks for handing them out at station today though - i hope ladywell and crofton were similarly served.

Brockley Kate said...

I believe there have been licencing difficulties with the council though I don't know if that's affected the use of Hilly Fields.

Paddyom said...

Thanks for bothering to organize the event this year as i know previous management retired. Given the short timeframe you had it is wonderful that you put the effort in and once the word gets out hopefully people support it. I will be at as many events as i can get to.

Tamsin said...

If my experience in Telegraph Hill is anything to go by to do something in the parks you need to involve Glendale very early on and presumably this was not possible in the shortened time-frame.

Lots more programmes to deliver so ring that number!

Bmax Dave said...

@paddyom - Thank you, in the end we do this for free, none of us get paid and we're doing it for Brockley, nothing more - we didn't want to see the festival die out. Its the thanks and enjoyment of those who come to the events that make it all worthwhile

@tasmin - actually glendale wasn't the issue - not having several thousand pound to do something of any note - or even a few hundred pounds was the issue - don't forget all of our funding comes from local business, what we apply for, and what - if any - we get from localities pots. The fact we've managed to get what we've got this year has been nothing short of a miracle!

Cheers for those who have offered to help hand out programmes - we're out again first thing tommorow morning to hit the rest of the streets, if you haven't got a programme yet and you're after one - Broca, Toads Mouth too, Longtime cafe, Desgaustion, Shop on the Hill, Chez ecosium, Jam Circus and Brockley Social club all have programmes available for you to collect.

Brockley Kate said...

The jazz night at the Brockley Social Club on Monday looks good, and I've been wanting to sneak into the Social for ages.
Does anyone fancy a mini-BC meet-up for it?

(Can't make the Jam Circus jazz night, I'm in Copenhagen unfortunately)

Tamsin said...

Sorry - I've been blamed elsewhere for jumpting to conclusions, but even if you had the money it would still take months to get clearances.

Richard said...

Just a brief summary of what's happening at Jam Circus:

Sun 1st 8pm - Big Jam Night, all welcome

Mon 2nd 8pm - A Table for 4, a drink with an artist. Meet 1 or more of 4 local artists to see/hear their work over a drink. Casual and intimate.

Wed 3rd 8pm - 2 short plays written by Goldsmiths students

Thu 4th 8pm - Live Jazz. Local students again, with a jazz & groove mish mash.

Fri 5th 8.30pm - Brass quintet. Trombone, trumpets, bugles & guitar. Jazz, hip hop & marching band!

Sat 6th 4pm-2am - Daytime live acoustic bands, with Joel of Athlete headlining. Late evening DJs including Wrongtom of Hard-Fi.

Also, through the week our wifi password will change daily as part of an interactive piece by a few artists involved with Tea Leaf Arts. This should result in the gallery's first visual work.

I hope Nick doesn't mind me posting this but after Jam Circus' non-involvement last year we wanted to immerse ourselves as much as possible this year and to encourage those from the conservation area end of Brockley to see what we are about.

It's a real shame there's not more going on this year, but I know the organisers have been working flat out on a minimal budget and with very little time to make sure the festival could happen. Despite promotional problems, as Dave has explained, I have a lot to thank them for.

Brockley Kate said...

Thanks for posting Richard, it all sounds good. Am hoping to get down to one or other of the events this week!

Tamsin said...

Dates! You've missed out Tuesday - understandably since nothing is happening.
Wednesday 4th
Thursday 5th
Friday 6th
Saturday 7th.

You had got me in all of a muddle!

Richard said...

You got me, that'll teach me for posting at the dead of night, I can't say I was alert!

James said...

where are the Brockley Max programmes? Why is there no line up on the website? where are there no posters, placards, signs advertising the festival? what is going on!!!

Anonymous said...

I did thing Brockley itself was slightly bereft of advertising for the event - had I not read this blog, I'm not even entirely sure I would've known anything was on!

What happens at the jam night?

Brockley Kate said...

There IS a full line-up on the website, James.

Richard said...

Anon, the jam night is led by Rich Swan, a local singer & pianist, joined by a friend on drums. From that point anybody is welcome to put their name down for a few songs, either by themselves or as part of a collaboration between strangers.

The resulting music is never too extreme, but there are often a few surprises and it's usually a very busy Sunday night.

This month's starts in a couple of hours, so perhaps a little late this time around!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where the film night is taking place tonight - on the flyer it says Brockley Jack but on the Website it says the location has changed- but no info about where to.
D

Brockley Kate said...

The grapevine rumour I heard is that the Jack has had problems getting an entertainment licence in time for the film showing.

I don't know where the organisers are considering moving the screening to though, sorry.

Anonymous said...

How about on Hilly Fields, hire a screen and projector, everyone coughs up a bit, perhaps some local sponsorship and you got "Film on the Fields"

Anonymous said...

Project it up against the side of the school - until someone complains of the health and safety risk or threats to the guidelines of the Conservation Area...

Brockley Kate said...

Need an entertainment licence for both those options ... I'm sure if the council showed a little goodwill, the issue could be sorted though.

Anonymous said...

If you didn't get one though, who WOULD complain? I mean seriously?

Anonymous said...

Well that's crap then isn't it? i guess there's no film night tonight.

How can they expect anyone to show if they haven't got a venue yet, and if they have, why isn't it all over the website.

Bring back Moira!!!!

Tressilliana said...

An ex-volunteer writes: I think that's uncalled for, Anon. Being a middle-aged, child-ridden person I've never been to a Brockley Max event but I gather that this year it's been arranged on a shoestring budget and at the last minute because of changes in the organising team. If you volunteered to help and got turned away, you might have some grounds for criticism, but otherwise reflect on the fact that volunteering is a thankless task more often than not because those who expect others to do all the work so often also feel entitled to criticise the way that work is done. No wonder it's difficult to get anybody to offer to help.

Anonymous said...

Tressiliana - I disagree. I haven't volunteered for the Brockley Max but I know plenty about volunteering being someone who was at the forefront of Gordon Brown's Year of the Volunteer 2005.

My view is The Max is either on or it is not. If they can't do it then say so early because people have to arrange things like childcare in advance. Just because things have been arranged on a shoestring doesn't mean that it's allowed to be sloppy. Name me a voluntary event that isn't organised on a shoe string?

The film night was the one event that I would attend this year and to have it cancelled because they couldn't get a license is a fairly elementary error.

Anonymous said...

The film night has been cancelled. But - and I quote -

It's not all bad however - There is still the "Channelling Self Expression through Yoga" workshop from 4.30pm at St Hilda's Church Hall and Silk Painting with Gill Hickman (Children 4.30-6.30pm/Adults 7pm-9pm).

I have read this several times now and as a fan of film can see no way that this can make up for my disappointment. I'm guessing disappointment can be expressed through yoga?

Monkeyboy said...

Oh I don't know, if yoga can increase my flexibility thus being able to lick my own.....

...actually I'll stop there. That's a post watershed post.

The Cat Man said...

yuck.

Headhunter said...

But I've done yoga before and I can't lick mine! that Sunflower Centre place owes me a refund....

The Cat Man said...

Double Yuck.

Bmax Dave said...

I hadn't read the blog until this morning - so I hadn't realised the full blown debate that was taking place - let me set a few things straight.

1. Not only did we have a problem with the licensing - for which we did find 2 alternate venues for the film night, but also we had an issue with the organisers of that particular event who went AWOL - despite having told us that the event was completely arranged and all ready to go at the end of last week. Unfortunately what doesn't typically get publicised is the relentless calling/text messaging/ and e-mailing that takes place to make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time - that being the current team - the previous team or otherwise.

If an event organiser does a disappearing act there isn't much that can be done either way - we tried to leave it until the last reasonable minute to get hold of them before pulling the plug as we didn't want to cancel the night unless we ABSOLUTELY had to.

Also the e-mail/website post that was sent out did also give an alternative to the film night if you were in despair -

"If you're really in need of a local film fix - Don't despair! The Fox and Firkin have their own film night tonight from 8pm - go to venues for a map, or alternatively its venue No.3 in your programme!"

Brockley Kate said...

Thanks for posting Dave, and thanks for all your hard work. It can't have been easy to bring B-Max together in the short time you've had and I hope that Brockleyites appreciate it ...

Anonymous said...

I live on Wickham road and had no idea that the festival was on! It was only yesterday when I saw a Pavillion (?) for sale board with the Brockley Max festival on it that I realised it had finished... The event on Hilly Fields on the 21st is already being advertised. Even if there was a problem with the printers I'm baffled as to how there was so little publicity. Saying that, I hope things run more smoothly for the organisers next year and that these teething problems don't put them off.

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