As part of the National Lottery’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the Albany asked artists Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari to spend the last few weeks talking to people on the streets, market stalls, shops and businesses of Deptford, knocking on doors and asking local people:

‘We want to make or do something at the Albany in Deptford that brings local people together and gives them something to talk about – what would you make or do if it was you ?’     

The answer has been very loud and clear: A PARTY! Something uplifting, with food and music and art.

So, on Sunday 23 February from 11am – 10pm we are throwing the doors of the Albany wide open for a day of films, music, games, dancing, a tug of war, stories, talks, a chance to sit and read the papers or to get messy!

Bring the kids, bring your friends, bring your gran or come on your own. We would love to see you there!

If you fancy, bring a cake along to share with your Deptford neighbours.


All Day

Toddler room
Board and pub games
Story corner and reading room
Film screenings
Arts and crafts


Pastries, porridge, granola and toast served in the café
Talk and screening from Creekside Centre
Jazz knitting
Dance and origami workshop for children and families with Takeshi Matsumoto
Paper Plane competition with Ron Savill
Plant workshops at Forest


Hot soup served in the café
Tug of war
Live music
Poetry workshop with Linden McMahon
Pop song singalong, with piano played by Lily Burgess
Sweet treat making and language school with Italian chef Fiorella Fronzi
Spy training and treasure hunt
Magic show by Nick Lee
Deptford VR hackathon with Louie Christie
Presentation on space from Vegas Al the astrophysicist
Local history walk
Football in the garden with FUTSAL@JAM


Live reading of play by local barber Ian Chambers

Live music curated by Charles Hayward
7.45pm – 8.30pm: Don’t Problem
8.50pm – 9.30pm: Blurt
9.45pm – 10pm: Slow Disco

This is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.