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Event news: Highlights of the 8th New Malden Arts Festival


The 8th New Malden Arts Festival runs from 7th to 20th September. For full details, visit the Theatre for All website and view the official brochure. A summary of the timetable is laid out below, and a details of a couple of highlighted events which may be of interest to LKL readers. But there’s something to cater for all interests and ages, so make sure you explore the programme in full.

8th New Malden Arts Festival

Co organised by Theatre For All | New Malden Creative | Kingston Environment Centre
Supported by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, CLS Holdings

New Malden Arts Festival logo

New Malden has many artists, community arts groups and individual performers who live and work here. This September, Theatre for All, New Malden Creative and Kingston Environment intend to enliven the town with two weeks of arts events for the whole community, bringing together local talent to create and display joyful, interesting and inspiring works of art.

7th – 20th
  • Arts Trail
  • Nature Writing Workshop with Travel Writer Jini Reddy
  • Korean Tea Ceremony with Ger Linde
  • New Malden Voices with Jane Wilkinson
  • Open Mic with Ben Henderson
  • Children’s Arts Activities
  • Family Poetry Workshop with Lucy Furlong
  • Singing Flash Mob
  • Paint the High St Red, Live Sketching Event
  • Artists Open House Day 1
  • Experimental Art Workshop Exploring the Notion of Nothingness
  • Street Theatre; Sleeping Beauty by St James Players
  • Silk Scarf Painting With Ayshea
  • Artists Open House: Day 2
  • Free Your Creativity with Mindfulness
  • Battle of The Bands – For Band Members Aged Between 10-17yrs old
  • Summer Breeze – International Music Stage
  • Love Art Workshop – Stencil Tote Bags and Jewellery Making
  • Doll Making –


Theatre for All

t4aTheatre for All is a member-driven non-profit arts organisation and registered charity (No.1136906) based in New Malden. Theatre for All supports and nurtures local talent as well as promoting international high profile art projects, particularly between South Korea and the U.K.

Why we are doing this?

A diverse society allows people to enjoy a dynamic and rich life, lots of different types of culture and arts. Theatre for All was set up to make sure people can enjoy a variety of arts and to transcend the old barriers of ethnicity, gender and class.

Enthusiasm moves the world. Want to be part of it? Contact us [email protected] or

Kingston Environment Centre (KEC)

kecKingston Environment Centre (KEC) is a charitable company run by volunteers, that moved into what was the Fountain Youth Centre at 1 Kingston Road in April 2013.
Its aims are to increase the knowledge and understanding of our environment via 20 + projects run by volunteers including

  • Kingston Green Radio – listen online now at
  • Biodiversity network
  • Growing your own food, use of permaculture and group working on community gardens
  • Sewing groups that upcycle textiles

Be a member and find out benefits including the use of a cargo trike and the centre at a low price. We are always looking for volunteers. Please ring us on 020 8942 5251 | email [email protected] |

New Malden Creative

New Malden CreativeNew Malden Creative was a group set up by friends Claire Rudkin and Danielle O’Shaughnessy. Both had a feeling that there are other like-minded creative people in New Malden and wanted to meet them. So they arranged a couple of gatherings in the Glasshouse and it snowballed from there. New Malden Creative was born and quickly became a group of artists, writers, actors, musicians, photographers, dancers and more. Early on they teamed up with Bona Shin from Theatre for All and together (in a very short time) they managed to pull off an arts trail, music stage and public talk on Korea. As a result of this success, the number of events and contributors towards this year’s arts festival has grown.

New Malden Creative have got involved in many events and are implementing exciting activities such as, Battle of the Bands and “Paint the high street red” with the Suburban Sketchers.

Without the hard work and effort of these volunteers the festival would not take place and for this we are truly thankful and delighted.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please join us via our Facebook page:

Selected event details

For the full programme, consult the official brochure. But here is a couple of highlights likely to appeal to the LKL readership:

8th September: Radio Kimchi UK 7-8pm (DJ Jules) | Radio Bang 8-9pm (DJ Yoonjin)

radioThe first Korean language radio show, Radio Kimchi UK talks about K-pop and Korean culture. Radio Bang covers community matters and interviews with people from our community.

To listen go to
To join go to |

17th September:North Korean Friends and Their Stories

nkRoom 5, Malden Centre Blagdon Rd KT3 4AF
7:30pm, Free, To book: [email protected]

New Malden is home to Europe’s largest Korean population. In addition to a large South Korean population, there are 600 North Koreans. Often their stories are frightening, traumatic and shocking. Nevertheless our North Korean friends bring great strength of spirit and inspiration, let’s hear their new dreams and hope for their future in the UK in their own words. With Artists and poets responses.


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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