Waterloo Festival 2024

11 Jul 2024 // St John's Waterloo // 12:00 AM 12 Jul 2024 // St John's Waterloo // 9:00 AM 13 Jul 2024 // St John's Waterloo // 12:00 AM 14 Jul 2024 // St John's Waterloo // 12:00 AM 15 Jul 2024 // St John's Waterloo // 12:00 AM

Waterloo Festival is an annual celebration of arts, heritage and community run by St John’s Waterloo every summer since 2010.

There has been music at St John’s since we first opened in 1824. When we were rebuilt as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951, the newly restored nave was adorned with murals by German Jewish refugee artist Hans Feibusch and served as host to many choirs who travelled from across the country to perform in the Festival.

Today, we host a year-round programme of concerts, exhibitions and events including the Waterloo Festival. Increasingly, our focus is on bringing artists and arts organisations together with local people to co-produce projects that reflect our diverse neighbourhood. The creative process strengthens the bonds of our community and our beautiful historic church and churchyard garden.

Artistic Director: Euchar Gravina

Outreach and Engagement Officer: Abigail Tripp

The theme:

The theme of this year’s Festival is Gardens, Rivers and Marshes, a celebration of Waterloo and North Lambeth’s life as a large marsh in the heart of London before 1824. Unlike Vauxhall to the South and Blackfriars to the East, our now very urban neighbourhood took until the early 19th century to start being transformed into a dense neighbourhood. Prior to that, it was host to fields, marshes and wharves. It was well known for its pleasure gardens, including Cuper’s Gardens, Belvedere, Apollo, and Astley’s Circus, the first modern circus.

The theme of the Festival will not only put a spotlight on Waterloo’s pre-19th-century past but also highlights our area’s current role as a pivotal urban centre. We will celebrate our green spaces and have a chance to further reflect on our environmental challenges.

The history focus of the theme will set the stage for the autumn when we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of St John’s Waterloo, as well as the gradual development of Roupell Street, marking the development of a residential community in our area.

 

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