Waterloo Festival - Transforming Communities

Waterloo Festival is now live online!

This year’s Waterloo Festival, organised by HeartEdge partner St John's Waterloo, is going ahead online. The digital festival will be a celebration of the arts, community and heritage of Waterloo and the South Bank and will run until the 28th June. 

The theme of the festival, Transforming Communities, was decided long before the public health crisis but has now acquired a new digital dimension. Amongst many projects and features, it will include a premier performance of a multi-voice composition sourced from public contributions, an exploration of the history of homelessness in Waterloo, a Coin Street Community and Illuminated Bridges art project and a series of writings and music on the theme of freedom of the press. 

Here’s Festival Director Euchar Gravina: “The Waterloo Festival is a celebration of our neighbourhood as a creative place. It’s about co-programming and co-production with the artists, performers, galleries, collectives and communities of Waterloo. It’s about introducing people to creative possibilities all around them and it’s about everyone having an opportunity to join in - including coming together live online.”

“We may not be able to gather in person but we’ll be bringing people together on our website and social media channels so please follow us!” #TogetherWaterloo
Call for contributions

The website will be continually updated with new content between now and the end of June. Anyone who has ideas for contributions please email on festival@stjohnswaterloo.org - they want to hear from you!
This week’s highlights

Here are some stories from this week.

  • First off, we have a feature on David Bassadone, the artist whose work you’ll see dotted all around our website.
  • Lorraine Spenceley of the Creative Curve Theatre Company has concocted a more personal take on recounting history for our first feature on the #WomenOfWaterloo 
  • Meet the first artist in our local artists’ series, Joao Simoes-Brown

And finally, send them your voice!

In a first for the Festival, they’re inviting members of the public to contribute to a digital rendition of experimental American composer La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #7 with performance artist Rita Says and the Jerico Orchestra. The piece comprises a continuous drone made from multiple short voice recordings. No previous singing experience required. Click here and make your voice heard!