Welcome to the Waterloo Festival 2020
we are an annual celebration of arts, community and heritage in the artistic heart of London and this year we're bringing our festival online
Every year we bring together local communities, the wider audiences of London and world-class professionals to create new, ground-breaking work, help people build connections and to be a source of hope and transformation. This year, things will be slightly different. We may not be able to gather for live performances but we’ll be doing as much as we can online, via our website and social media. Our 2020 theme is ‘Transforming Communities’ and the current public health crisis is going to make this even more important.
Despite the challenges we’re all facing, we want to make sure the Festival serves as a force for good. Our ‘virtual Festival’ will link people together around an active hub of creative content featuring local artists and stories, podcasts and other projects which celebrate our community, help us get to know each other better, and support us through these unprecedented times.
Back in 1951, our home - St John’s Waterloo - was rebuilt as The Church of The Festival of Britain. The Festival, organised only six years after the end of WWII at a time of rationing, austerity and low spirits, was intended as a ‘tonic for the nation’. Working together, we believe that the communities of the South Bank and Waterloo, joined by artists and musicians from around the world, can once again make our neighbourhood a focus for renewal. #TogetherWaterloo
Want to get involved?
Are you a local artist and want to share your work? Been working on a project you'd like to share with the community? Maybe you'd just like to tell us how you're feeling about coronavirus and how it's affecting you and your loved ones? Or maybe you just want to let us know what you'd like to see, read or hear on the online festival website?
We'd love to hear from you!
Email us at with 'Online Festival Submission' as the subject line with your submissions and suggestions – we're
open to anything!