Rogue Village evolved from Peter and Jenny Maniam’s desire to create events which would last long in people’s memories. Inspired by the arts, design and nostalgia, they aim to produce laid back, welcoming and captivating experiences. Their ever-evolving stable of events including Hobo Cinema, Canteen Street Food Festival and A Christmas Fairy Trail. They’re always on the lookout for interesting and unusual venues that inspire new ideas and concepts, but admit that their best ideas come to them in the shower! We caught up with Peter sheltering from the rain in the midst of setting up the latest Canteen Street Food Festival…

What is your greatest achievement?

That we’re still standing after our first year of business. We’ve given up jobs, relocated, launched a business and are raising a family. Everyone who has done it tells you how difficult it is, but nothing prepares you for the reality.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self

Enjoy being carefree, spontaneous and living in the moment – although I didn’t need that advice as I was too busy being carefree, spontaneous and living in the moment!

When are you happiest?

Travelling as a family – bliss!

When was the last time you laughed out loud?

Our son cracks us up on a regular basis. He is a 75-year-old man trapped in a three-year-old’s body.

What is the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I made a living as a breakdancer for about a decade.

Favourite book?

I always liked the pictures best! I love Jamel Shabazz’ photography and his books like Back In The Days are fantastic. They really capture a moment in time that fascinates me – before the internet and limited media, when sub-cultures were allowed to develop without overexposure.

What word do you over-use?


Song that always gets you dancing?

Samurai by Jazztronik.

Next adventure?

We’re off for a couple of weeks to the South of France in search of cheese, wine, flea markets and wild swimming.

Finally, staying in or going out? 

Saturday afternoon sessions are the new Friday nights!