Rye Here Rye Now ~ 18th September 2019

Photo by Mirna Grisolia

Join me at the Rye Here Rye Now 2nd birthday event at Peckham Levels (Auditorium Level 5/6) on Wednesday 18 September @ 19.30.
[Book a free ticket]

I’ll be speaking about my work with the Dulwich Music Festival that I established in 2012 to champion diversity in classical music. Tickets are free. Join us for the 2nd birthday festivities!


About Rye Here Rye Now:

Join us for this special edition of RHRN on Wednesday the 18th of September from 7pm and will feature birthday fun and Doodle Talks, an interactive, sketch-and-learn talk series led by another local, creative community Drawing People Together.

Speakers include:

Gloria Bertazzoni & Lisa Goff of Ladies, Wine & Design
Bethan Thomas, Collage Crew
Future Strategy Club
Lorraine Liyanage, Dulwich Music Festival
Matt Weatherall, Special Guest
Heather Iqbal, Do That Thing
Natalie Worgs, Girls About Peckham
Tracey Francis & Else Thomson, Women in Film SE15

These outstanding creative community leaders from different creative disciplines will be talking about their communities, sharing their insights on how they have set up and run a creative community and you can learn how to get involved. The twist will be that while they are speaking, you will be invited to observe and draw the speakers as they share their stories.

Peckham Levels, the perfect place for our party

We felt that returning to Peckham Levels would be the perfect venue and collaborator for our event. Working with Jacob and Laura has been really brilliant and we can’t wait for the actual event. Previously, Lorraine Liyanage our community member hosted the really successful Rye Here Rye Now lunchtime talk series at Peckham Levels and invited local creative to talk about their work. 

A little bit about our journey

Rye Here Rye Now was started in 2017 by us (Miho Aishima and Kat Garner) graphic designers based locally. After running into each other at design events in other parts of London, we decided that we needed a get together based in Peckham, a hub of creativity. We wanted to champion creativity in Peckham and South London and to provide a relaxed space for creatives across the industry to meet. The ethos is to create a space to meet which is inclusive to people of all different creative disciplines without the intimidating network-vibe that may accompany other networking events. The monthly nights are loosely themed and have covered topics such as going freelance, juggling side projects with a day job and creating the perfect portfolio.

Over the past two years, we have met such an amazing group of friends and are really proud of the community that we have built. Within the community, people have made new friends and connections that have really impacted our lives and theirs. People have changed careers, graduated from uni, found new jobs, collaborated with each other, set up new groups, put together exhibitions and found meaningful connections all through our monthly, local meet-up. 

Local impact

Sometimes, it can be difficult to organise, promote, host and run an event on top of our full-time design jobs but the journey has been really worthwhile. Hearing stories from our members about how the community has them to meet new friends, find a new job opportunity or even to feel confident with new people has really been wonderful.

Local collaborations

Rye Here Rye Now has also collaborated with many other local, creative communities – including: our monthly events at John the Unicorn, a talk series hosted by Lorraine Liyanage at Peckham Levels, an event at Tate Modern with Pempeople at last summer’s Southwark Untold, Peckham Festival and at the UK-wide Great Get Together earlier this year. 

Rye Here Rye Now has been covered by Time Out, It’s Nice That and we have written about working in creative industries for Lecture in Progress.

Our second birthday is set to be a celebration of the creative scene that RHRN exists for with plenty of excitement to mark the occasion! Get involved and join our community!