Waterloo Festival 2018 - Transforming Minds

The Waterloo Festival is an annual celebration of the arts, based in and around St John's Waterloo, in the heart of London.

The Waterloo Festival is an annual summer festival of arts and inspiration, held in and around St John's Waterloo. It celebrates arts, music, ideas and new talent in a beautiful setting in the beating heart of London. The theme for 2018 is "Transforming Minds".

Festival Diary

Thursday 7 June, 6pm, St John's Waterloo, FREE
Rush-Hour Concert, with Southbank Sinfonia
World premiere of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s piano concerto, ‘Between the Skies, the River and the Hills’. Also on the programme: Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major and Sibelius’s ‘Suite from Belshazzar’s Feast’. 

Thursday 7 June (until 23 June), ‘Nothing Endures but Change’: Sculpture Exhibition, 9am-8pm, St John's Churchyard, FREE
An outdoor exhibition of ephemeral sculpture in the gardens of St John's, curated by Susan Haire and showcasing 30 artists from The London Group and friends.

Friday 8 June, Lunchtime Concert: Pimlico Academy Steel Band1pm, St John’s Waterloo, FREE
An exhilarating mash-up of traditional calyso, jazz, soul and funk from the young performers who aim to ‘take steel bands to different levels’.  ​

Friday 8 June, Our House: Tackling London's Housing Crisis, 7pm, St John's Waterloo, FREE (registration required)
Anna Minton, author of ‘Big Capital’, James Murray, London's Deputy Mayor for Housing, and others join a panel discussion on the housing challenges facing Londoners.

Friday 8 June, Festival Sleep-out, 9-10pm-8am, St John's Waterloo, register here
A church sleep-over with a difference, to raise money for the ROBES project to help London’s homeless. More details here.

Saturday 9 June, ‘Transforming London: Community in Action’, walks start at 11am, (register here) & 1pm (register here), meet on the steps of St John’s Waterloo, FREE
Guided walk around Waterloo & Southbank, with Coin Street Community Builders.

Sunday 10 June, Festival Eucharist, 10.30am, St John's Waterloo 
Celebrating the theme of the Waterloo Festival (‘Transforming minds’) with guest speaker Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. St John’s Choir will sing Ethel Smith’s ‘March of the Women’, commemorating the mass rally in Hyde Park in June 1908. 10.30am, St John’s Waterloo. ​

Monday 11 June (until 18 June), Altered States: An Exhibition of Artists’ Moving Image, Mon-Sat 1-8pm, Sun 12-6pm, Crypt of St John's Waterloo, FREE
Catch the latest in moving-image art from the London Group and friends.

Tuesday 12 June (until 23 June), ‘Beyond Image – The Permanent Revolution’, The Cello Factory, 35A Cornwall Rd, London SE1 8TJ, FREE
Exhibition of paintings, film, sculpture and installation from artists of The London Group, curated by Tom Scase.

Tuesday 12 June,​ ‘Thinking Ahead: What will our Community look like in 30 years?’, St John’s Waterloo, register here (free) 
Panel Discussion, in collaboration with Coin Street Community Builders. Chaired by Giles Goddard, with Baroness Jenny Jones, Kofi Oppong and James Asfa.

Wednesday 13 June, Living-LAB For Improving Air Quality with the University of Surrey and Professor Prashant Kumar, 1.15 & 6pm, St John's Waterloo, FREE 
Exploring innovative ways of improving air-quality in cities.

Wednesday 13 June, Protest! Jazz-inflected evening of new and old protest music, hosted by celebrated music journalist Paul Morley, 8pm, Aures London, 18 Leake St, London SE1 7NN, £5 online or £7 on the door.
Written and performed by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. Book tickets here.

Thursday 14 June,​ Launch of Word Weekend & Waterloo Festival Anthology, 7.30pm, St John's Waterloo, FREE
New fiction read from the winning entries of the very first Waterloo Festival Writing Competition. With performance and poetry. 

Friday 15 June, Lunchtime Concert, Transformation: The Flute Speaks, 1.05pm, St John's Waterloo, FREE
A concert by Gavin Stewart, which reflects on the radical transformation of the flute over the past centuries, from Baroque masterpieces to contemporary works. 

Friday 15 June, Gary Crosby Quintet, 7pm, St John's Waterloo, £12 concert only or £20 to include poetry and supper
The jazz ensemble play Wayne Shorter’s jazz classic ‘Speak No Evil’. Southwark Stanza poetry group opens the evening. Buy your ticket here. ​

Saturday 16 June, Literature Workshop: Transforming Minds, 11.30am, Travelling Through Bookshop, 131 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE, £10
Drawing on "The Good Immigrant", edited by Nikesh Shukla, we discuss the effects of travelling on our approach towards cultural diversity. 

Saturday 16 June, Second-hand Book Fair, in association with Oxfam, Sat-Sun, St John’s Waterloo.
More details soon. ​

Saturday 16 June, Ice & Fire & Teatro Vivo: #ArmingTheWorld, 2pm, outside 131 Lower Marsh, 6.30pm outside St John's Waterloo. Street Theatre Workshop, 3pm at St John's Waterloo. Register here.
Street theatre performance about the British arms trade, from the renowned agin-prop theatre group.

Saturday 16 June, ‘Impressions: Summer Evening of Readings and Music’, 7.30pm, St John's Waterloo, £12 or £8 for concessions, book tickets here
The Japanese pianist Masahiro Yamaguchi performs works by Debussy and Ravel, with literary readings from Shakespeare and Verlaine.

Sunday 17 June, Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, 2-6pm, Calder Bookshop & Theatre, The Cut, SE1 8LF, £20, book tickets here 
Explore the techniques of Brazilian theatre activist Augusto Boal. 

Monday 18 June, lunchtime Concert in the Garden, 1.05pm, St John’s Waterloo, FREE
Percussionists Elaine So and Jordan Murray from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama perform percussion in the open air.

Monday 18 June, ‘Is Art Transformative?’ 7pm (doors 6.30pm), The Cello Factory, 35A Cornwall Rd, London SE1 8TJ, FREE (registration required) ​ 
Panel discussion with artists and curators. The panel includes dancer and choreographer Rebecca Evans, poet Kate Miller, art editor Javier Pes and artist Tom Scase.

Tuesday 19 June, Festival Quiz including Fish & Chip supper, 8pm, St John’s Waterloo. £10, book tickets here 
With Matt Brown of Londonist.

Thursday 21 June,  Festival Gala Concert, 8pm, St John’s Waterloo. £12/£8 concessions, book tickets here
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, performed by the Southbank Sinfonia with Epiphoni Consort and soloists, conducted by James Hendry. There will be a mandala art performance in the churchyard to celebrate summer solstice at 7pm. Book tickets. ​

Friday 22 June, In Harmony Lambeth & Southbank Sinfonia, 7pm, St John’s Waterloo, FREE ​ 
Young Lambeth musicians join the SBS for a performance ranging from Dvořák to Justin Bieber!

Saturday 23 June,​ Come and Sing!, rehearsal: 1-2.30pm, St John’s Waterloo. Performances at 2.45pm (St John’s Churchyard) & 3.15pm (Southbank), £3 to cover sheet music, register here
Choral conductor Jack Apperley invites singers of all abilities to rehearse and perform three pieces for the public.

Saturday 23 June, Concert for Peace & Healing, with The Berakah Players & Guests, 7.30pm, St John’s Waterloo. £20/£15 concessions. Book tickets here ​ 
Interfaith concert of songs and music, guaranteed to recharge your hope batteries! In memory of Ruth Richman.

Sunday 24 June,​ Festival Garden Party & Evensong, Garden Party at 3pm, Evensong at 5.30pm. St John’s Waterloo, FREE
Traditional garden party with afternoon tea and children’s games (with Coin Street Community Builders). Followed by Evensong with the choir in St John’s.