QualitySolicitors Amphlett Lissimore are extremely proud to sponsor Crystal Palace Overground Festival and help them grow year by year in our community.

Crystal Palace Overground Festival is a free arts and culture festival run by a team of dedicated volunteers from the Crystal Palace Festival Group. It was launched by Upper Norwood traders in 2006 and goes from strength to strength each year with over 6,000 people attending the 2015 event. The ever-popular Crystal Palace Overground Festival returns to Crystal Palace on Monday 12th – Sunday 18th June 2017, offering fun for all.

Festival fringe events will take place on 16th - 18th June with the Crystal Palace Park where the main event will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June. The festival, now in its 10th year, provides a platform for the many creative and diverse people, musicians, traders and artists of Crystal Palace. It showcases the area, its people, heritage and culture and all it has to offer to visitors from across London, and beyond!

Noreen Meehan, festival director, said: “The festival is supported by local businesses, community groups, artists and performers and of course, our wonderful volunteers. These are the people who make it happen and their input should be celebrated!"

The contribution QualitySolicitors Amphlett Lissimore has donated will help the festival in several projects. Among others there is a project that will enable young people from Crystal Palace to discover the origins and explore the history of The Crystal Palace. It will engage their curiosity in the building through a series of school visits, heritage research and archiving skills training and creative enquiry workshops.

20 young people from the local area will be led by Emergency Exit Arts youth arts practitioners, to create and perform a presentation inspired by their research at the London Metropolitan Archives for up to 500 festival visitors.

This presentation will take place at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival on Sunday 28 June 2015 at Vintage up the Palace, a vintage and heritage themed event. A digital exhibition will also be created by the young people from their research and hosted on the festival website.

The original Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass building, originally erected in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 140,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered in the Palace's 990,000 square feet of exhibition space, to display examples of the latest technology developed in the Industrial Revolution. After the exhibition, the building was rebuilt in an enlarged form on Penge Common, at the top of Penge Peak next to Sydenham Hill, (now known as Crystal Palace) an affluent South London suburb full of large villas. It stood there from 1854 until its destruction by fire in 1936.

The Crystal Palace Festival Group is a voluntary organisation that works with all sections of the local community, including young people, to gain greater understanding and access to their local heritage, culture and the arts.

If you want to make new friends, enjoy a non-stop weekend or simply help your community, do not hesitate to contact the volunteer department of the festival here.

We enjoyed the past editions of the festival as much as we could! We have some pictures of it, but you can find the full album on our Facebook page (if you visit it, don't hesitate to give us a like!)

Music stage