Carnival Photos!

What a magnificent way to say farewell to the 2017 Camberley International Festival.

The crowds who were involved in the procession started to gather at Surrey Heath House on the Knoll Road late morning. The dancing and music began while everyone was still getting ready!

Meanwhile, over at the London Road Rec, the site build had started by 8am and was starting to take shape. The sun was beaming! Stocking the bar was an essential job!

The colourful, dancing, drum-beating, band-marching, joyful, procession left Knoll Road at just after midday and headed off, down the High Street, up past the station and along to the London Road Rec. Crowds of cheering people lined the streets. Heath the Hare waved from the back of a van and the Mayor was driven in a sports car!

Carnival through town

(Thanks to Camberley Net for these photos.)

The Sandhurst Silver Band

Start of procession

The Camberley Nepalese (Gurkha) Society


Heath the Hare

Heath on float

The Mayor

Mayor in car

Local gymnastic clubs and the Camberley Sikh Association performed as they made their way to the London Road Rec in the heat of the day.



Once at the Rec (cries of ‘they’re coming!’ rose as the glorious din was heard long before they were seen), the Carnival continued.


The Sikh dancers kept dancing!

The Camberley Sikh Association (Thanks to John Wade for these pictures)



We were treated to fabulous displays from L&G Gymnastics (and later Liberty Gymnastics)



Fun was had on the retro computers at the Video Carnival marquee.


Faces were painted….


….and a pink elephant was created in the Big Art tent!

pink elephant

Of course, the Camberley Theatre pop-up bar was enjoyed!


Collectively Camberley brought along some classic cars (and cup cakes!)


As the day wound-down, the crowds stayed and enjoyed the displays….

London Rd Rec.JPG

……or sat in the shade and listened to the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion. 


So, farewell Camberley International Festival, farewell Camberley Carnival – see you next year! Huge thanks to all who performed, worked, helped, participated, attended, danced, laughed and enjoyed.

Carnival Today!

Well, that moment when we write about the LAST DAY of the 2017 Camberley International Festival is upon us. We’ve had a wild, funny, musical, tiring, inspiring, brilliant ten days, but, as a wise man once said, ‘all good things must come to an end’.

What better way to end this very good thing than by parading through Camberley and then end up at the London Road Recreation Ground for a sun soaked afternoon of fun?

There will be drop in art workshops at Camberley Theatre from 10am this morning for anyone wishing to make something colourful to wave on the parade route. The Big Art will be hosting this workshop – they will also have a marquee at the London Road Rec with a large canvas white elephant who needs colouring in!

The procession will leave from outside Surrey Heath House on the Knoll Road at noon and then head to the High Street, before marching passed the train station and heading towards the Rec. Once there, and do feel free to join us at anytime this afternoon, even if you don’t make the procession, there will be a licensed bar, food and lots of activities.


We even have a marquee packed with retro computer games including Atari and Nintendo (and many more) for young and not so young to play on!

The Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion will play during the afternoon and we will be treated to various displays from local gymnastic and theatre groups. All over a chilled drink, some green grass and a blue sky.

It’s what June was made for.

It runs until 5pm.

See you there!

Short Film Winners and Rooftop Films Tonight

What a great night we had at the short film competition last night! Prosecco was consumed by all (well, most) and music played by Jack Francis and his wonderful band.


We then went through to the main auditorium where  Madam Mayor, Cllr Valerie White said a few words, we were then treated to a fantastic selection of talent, both local and international. The 12 short listed films were shown on the cinema screen.

The judges – Juliet Aubrey (BAFTA Award winning actress and CIF patron) , Polly Nash (Course Leader BA Film Practice LCC)  and David Nutall (Fudge Animation)  introduced the films and then, as with held our collective breath – announced the winners!

The two runners up were Theo Sparks for his animation film “Visual Connection”.

Here’s Theo with his Award


Zack  Hewett and Tyler Ward were also runners up with their experimental short film ‘Copperteeth’

Zachand mate

And the winner is….Francis Cousins and Evie Gordon with their short film, ‘Cipid’s House’. Here it is:



And here are all the winners, all the judges and the Mayor.


A huge thanks to everyone involved in making the first Short Film competition at the Camberley International Festival such a wonderful experience.

Did we say ‘film’?

Tonight is the last night of our friends Collectively Camberley’s Rooftop Film Festival!

‘Hot Fuzz’ it is!



Short Film competition Tonight!

We’ve had entries from Spain, Italy, London, Cardiff and of course the Camberley area!

In a darkened room for two days the entries were watched and the longest compiled. This was then sent to our judges – BAFTA Award winning actress and C.I.F. patron, Juliet Aubrey, Course Leader in Film Study at the University of Creative Arts in London, Polly Nash and David Nutall from Fudge Animation.

Tonight, there will be live music in the bar from Jack Francis and his band, complimentary arrival drinks and the long list will be shown on the flat screens (with the volume down). We will then go through the the main auditorium where the 12 short listed films will be shown on the cinema screen.

The winners will be announced with the prizes presented by Juliet Aubrey and much cheering and weeping will ensue! Hoorah!

You are very welcome to join us, just arrive at Camberley Theatre for 7pm.


Films are very much part of the C.I.F tonight – it’s the 2nd night of the Rooftop Film Festival, organised by our friends at Collectively Camberley with ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels‘ on the roof of the multi storey car park! In fact, you can leave the awards ceremony at the theatre and walk over to the car park and see that film too! #LoveCamberley


Catching up on the weekend just gone!

As we dusted ourselves down yesterday from a wonderful weekend of music, street performances, drama, literature and BIG FUN we started collating photos, videos and memories, it ended up taking all day to get things ready to write about….so, here goes!

Friday night and the Central Bar, we had four young and up for it bands – headlined by BlackWaters (who went off to play the Download Festival as soon as they finished and who will be supporting The Libertines in August), Annabel Allum who was at SXSW in Texas earlier this year, Sophie and the Giants who have just signed an exciting management deal and first on, King Knit who are a new band from Bracknell, and went down brilliantly.

With huge thanks to Alan Meeks for the photos….

King Knit

 Sophie and the Giants

Annabel Allum





So farewell to a noisy, sweaty Friday night….

…and hello to a lovely, sunny afternoon on Park Street. Saturday saw street performances from Moody Will and the Roll, Western Sky and of course, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.


Moody Will and the Roll

Western Sky1Rajasthan HBB

Inside The Bear pub we had literature, featuring, among others, ex Loaded and NME journalist James Brown talking about his new book on 5-Aside football. Here he is talking to fellow author Daniel Rachel, who was there to talk about his prize winning book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’..

James and Daniel

There was drama over at the Central Bar,  (quite a change from the previous evening!) Brightlight Theatre presented Jamie Kakritz’s play ‘The Start of Something’.

Drama Sat June 10

Meanwhile, Glo Salon hosted an awesome Glo Unplugged live stream for the wonderful Katy Hurt.


The Bear had an open mic session followed by math rock from Steve Strong

Steve Strong

And there were loads of amazing musical talents over at The Carpenter’s Arms, all day from noon until 10pm!

Here’s Joe Waller…

Joe Waller

….and the fabulous headliners, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees who got the whole pub up and dancing!

Martin Stephenson

Here’s a clip recorded from the start of their set – things got pretty crazy from here on in!

And so we walked our tired, happy feet home….slept and woke up, excited that the 5 times BBC Folk Award winners, the mighty Oysterband were playing Camberley Theatre that night!

And here’s a clip of them, they were magnificent!

If raucous folk music wasn’t your bag, we also had the thought provoking ‘Psychoacoustic’ dance piece, performed by Jack Philps dance company in the function room….thanks to Andy Edmeads for the photo.


And that, ladies and gentle men, completes our crazy, wonderful weekend!

Oysterband and ‘Psychoacoustic’ tonight.

Oh my did we have a great day and night yesterday across Camberley yesterday! We’ll do a review complete with pictures and videos tomorrow.

Tonight we have the multi award winning Oysterband at Camberley Theatre.

You can still get tickets at the box office, doors are 7:30pm.

See you there!

Plus we have a thought provoking contemporary dance piece, performed by  Jack Philp Dance ‘Psychoacoustic’  in the large studio, again you can get tickets on the door. 7:30pm start.






Saturday 10 June

We have been looking forward to this day for a long time – and now it’s here – just look at the weather! It’s perfect! We are very excited…

Park Street will have street performers from 1pm, there will be live music at the top end, just near The Bear pub with Moody Will and the Roll plus Western Sky playing.

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band will march up and down Park Street several times during the afternoon – first performance will be at 2pm. They will be in wonderful colourful costumes and will be joined by stilt walkers and dancers!

The Bear pub will be hosting some brilliant literature and Q&A sessions from authors and writers including, Joe England on his football fanzines, Daniel Rachel and his account of Rock Against Racism and his award winning book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’, Ex NME / Loaded journalist, James Brown and his book about 5 a side football, finishing with Travis Elborough who will also have a slide show presentation along with his talk about ‘A Walk In The Park‘. (Unfortunately Dave Randall can no longer make his 4pm slot, so we have an acoustic set from Portsmouth based Free From Gravity instead).


After the literature at The Bear, Ben Hinzman presents an Open Mic session from6 – 8pm.

The night is finished off  by math-rock from Bristol with Chiyoda Ku and Steve Strong to finish things off there from 8:30 – 11pm.

Over at The Carpenter’s Arms there will be live music acoustic / singer song-writer music from noon featuring at 3:30pm Welsh song writer The Gentle Good, Gareth (for it is he) sings in both English and Welsh and recently played a wonderful session on the BBC 2 Folk Show. Here’s a taste…

At 4:45pm Joe Waller and his band – these guys played a blinder for us earlier in the year at one of our #CIFLive evenings at Camberley Theatre.

The night st The Carpenter’s is headlined by Martin Stephenson and The Daintees.

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Keep an eye and ear open for the Glo Unplugged session from Katy Hurt!


If you fancy something a little different, head on over to the Central Bar for some drama by Brightlight Theatre.

The Start of Something - CIF

There is also story telling in The Mall plus our ‘pop up festival’ opposite The Body Shop.


And don’t forget – this is all FREE!!! We hope you manage to get along to something today and we really hope you have a great time! X

BlackWaters / Annabel Allum plus support TONIGHT!

At last, a gig we have been writing excitedly about for months is upon us!

Tonight’s the night – The Central Bar (AKA The Working Men’s Club). FREE Entry as this is the PARTY to kick-start our weekend of awesome entertainment! #CIF17 Just turn up and have yourself a wonderful evening!

BlackWaters are playing the Download Festival tomorrow and supporting The Libertines in August!