Your Guide to H &F's First Arts Festival

Highlights of this week's events in Fulham

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Hammersmith and Fulham's first Arts Festival began on Sunday June 8, and it is being followed by a week of non-stop activity through till June 15, with over 100 events and 270 artists taking part and more still being added to the programme.

The festival features visual arts, literary events, music, performing arts and film at venues across the borough, including dozens of events around Fulham at venues including All Saints Fulham, Broadway House, Fulham Library, the Durell Arms and of course Fulham Palace.

Here are some of the highlights of the week's events:

SOFAP, the Society of Fulham Artist and Potters is showing (and offering for sale), some of its members' work in the Exhibition hall of Fulham Library daily until June 15 during library opening hours. Find out more at  www.sofap.co.uk

Going Places,  Hazel Soan's latest exhibition of paintings brings together a collection of watercolours and oils from recent travels in the sun at  Soan Studio in Crookham Road, daily until June 11, 12 noon - 6pm or by appointment 
Telephone: 0207 736 4880 email: hsoan@iafrica.com
Website: www.hazelsoan.com

Broadway House private members club is open to the public during HF ArtsFest week so that all can visit and enjoy its photographic exhibition introducing CFA Creative's Nataliya Gorbovskaya. The exhibition is open till June 21, from noon till 7pm. Contact: create@cfalondon.co.uk or call: 020 7376 2255

Creative Writing Workshops - we are surrounded by stories from the day we are born and yet writing our own can seem impossibly hard. This workshop aims to clear away doubts and anxieties, to plunge into the messy, playful, difficult, joyous process of discovering your stories and give them their own energy and form. Thursday 12 June: 4pm-6pm - CREATIVE WRITING at Fulham Library. Website: www.writebounty.com

Also at Fulham Library on Thursday 12 at 7.30pm, enjoy a conversation with literary couple Artemis Cooper and Antony Beevor. Tickets: £5 to cover wine and nibbles
To reserve your place call Nomad Books 0207 736 4000, or visit: www.nomadbooks.co.uk .

Come along to All Saints Church on the north side of Putney Bridge, the oldest church in Fulham on Friday 13 June at 7.15pm to hear the Parish Choir singing in thr Music by the Bridge series of free concerts, lasting about an hour. 'Heroes and hallelujahs' will surprise and delight all ages. For more information, visit  www.allsaints-fulham.org.uk

The Durell Arms at 704 Fulham Road is hosting three nights of live music, starting with Yusuf on Friday June 13, Nathan and Toby on June 14 and Finches Fly on Sunday June 15, followed by a pop-up pop-up mini Ceili presented in collaboration with the Irish Cultural Centre, starting at 8pm. Website: www.durellarmsfulham.com

Cat & Hutch is dedicated to adapting children's stories to the stage. Their first production, 'The Velveteen Rabbit', brings to life the classic tale of a toy rabbit's wish to become 'real' and how one child makes this happen through love and imagination, at  Fulham Library,  Sunday June 15, arrive at 2.30pm for 3pm performance. Website: www.catandhutch.co.uk

As part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend, Fulham Palace will be offering three special guided tours to ticket holders at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Head gardener and members of the gardening team will be present in the walled garden, together with Simon Ellinas, an acclaimed Caricaturist and Cartoonist.

The Bishops of Fulham Palace have a long historical association with caricature so Simon will be bringing this link back to life by making caricatures of the visitors to the walled garden during the afternoon. Saturday June 14 from 11am-4pm. Tickets: £10 before the event and £12 on 14 & 15 June. Website: www.opengardensquares.org

You can see the full calendar of daily events during the Arts Festival, including many in Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush as well as Fulham, along with details of how to book tickets on the Arts Festival's website.

June 10, 2014