Rush-Hour Concert, with Southbank Sinfonia

Featuring Schoenberg's 'Verklärte Nacht' and conducted by Karin Hendrickson. 6pm, St John’s Church, Waterloo. Free.

COMING GOOD: Come Hell or High Water

An outdoor exhibition of sculpture in the gardens of St John's, curated by Almuth Tebbenhoff and Cadi Froelich and showcasing artists from The London Group and friends. Until June 23rd. Daily, 9am-8pm. St John’s Churchyard, Waterloo. Free.



Lunchtime Concert: DLD College Drama Monologues

A series of dramatic monologues accompanied by music, from students of DLD College.  DLD's Art students will be developing works to complement the performances. 1:05pm, St John’s Churchyard, Waterloo. Free.

Eid Celebration Film Screening: Until the End of Time

The first UK screening of Algeria’s 2019 entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Director Yasmine Chouikh is part of an emerging generation of Algerian filmmakers achieving international recognition. There will be an introduction and traditional sweets to mark Eid. The event is curated by Toufik Douib. 8pm, St John's Church, Waterloo. £8 / £5.



Writers' Workshop: The Business of Writing

Learn how to start and build a fulfilling writing career, with advice on submitting and promoting work at this friendly and informative workshop run by Bridge House Publishing. Places are limited, so book early. 10:30am, St. John's Church, Waterloo. £5.


Writing Competition Celebration & Open Mic

Join us for a celebration of the 2019 Waterloo Festival Writing Competition, run with Bridge House Publishing. Listen to original extracts from some of the winning short story entries, based on this year’s theme, ‘Transforming Being’. Feeling inspired afterwards? Take part in the Open Mic session! 2:30pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. Free.

METAMORPHOSIS: Photographs at The Cello Factory

This show features diptychs by 14 international photographers. Pairs of images are hung together; each depicts a process of binary change. Co-curated by Paul Tecklenberg and Darren Nisbett, the show includes Canadian artist Maureen O’Connor and Andrew Cooper, a recent graduate from University of East London. Until June 20th. Daily, 2pm-6pm. The Cello Factory, Waterloo. Free.

Rumi's Circle: Divine Remembrance

Rumi’s Circle presents poetry, music and whirling events that highlight the wisdom of Mevlana Rumi, the Sufi Mystic.  Rumi’s Circle is part of the Threshold Society and the Mevlevi Order, based on the teachings of Shaikh Kabir and Camille Helminski. 7:30pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. £6 / £4.



ERSO UNPACKED: Exploring Mahler's First Symphony

Explore Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 at this open rehearsal with the renowned Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. Find out why the piece was such a landmark in transforming what we think of as a symphony, and listen to musical examples played by the orchestra, with commentary from conductor Christopher Stark. Open to all ages, this promises to be a lovely hour of music on its own, as well as an appetiser for the concert on Sunday June 16th. 2pm, St John’s Church, Waterloo. Free.


Rarescale: New works for low woodwinds and electronics

Rarescale is a chamber music ensemble, formed by alto and bass flute specialist Carla Rees in 2003, that showcases the work of emerging composers for alto and bass flutes. This stunning perfomance of new music will feature Carla Rees (alto, bass & contrabass flutes), Sarah Watts (bass & contrabass clarinets) and Sohrab Uduman (electronics). 7:30pm, St. John's Church Waterloo. £12 / £8.

SELF-SERVICE: An Exhibition of Artists' Moving Image

Taking its lead from the automated check-out counters of supermarkets and self-operating petrol station forecourts, this exhibition brings together over 20 works by moving-image artists from all over the world. The show—by turns thrilling and unsettling—is curated by the artist David Theobald and Genetic Moo, renowned for their living installations in pixels and light. Until June 16th. Mon-Sat 1pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-4pm, Old Crypt of St John’s Church, Waterloo. Free.


Southbank Sinfonia: Early Music Concert

Join musicians from Southbank Sinfonia for a fun and interactive music-making session suitable for children aged 0-5 and their families or carers. Packed with live instrumental music, singing and games exploring music from across the world. Don’t miss out! 11:30am, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre. Free.

Poetic Unity: Workshops

Poetic Unity present ‘Mental Health Matters’, two exhilarating workshops for 12-18 year-olds led by award-winning poet Ragz-CV. The sessions will challenge the misconceptions of mental health and allow young people to express themselves in a safe and friendly environment through poetry and spoken word. The workshops will culminate in a performance at the Waterloo Festival on June 17th, 6pm.

dates: Tue 11th, 6:30pm & Sat 15th, 11:30am, St. John's Church, Waterloo. Free.


Wellness in the Workspace: Breakfast Event

In this breakfast workshop, Michal Matlon of HB Reavis will present the latest thinking in building and workspace design, exploring how natural materials, patterns, colours, specific light conditions and natural principles can contribute to a healthier working environment. 8:30am, St John’s Church, Waterloo. Free.

Penny Lecture: Transforming Ourselves (How to be Superhuman)

Anaesthetist Dr Morley will describe how individuals have sought to enhance themselves in the past. Drawing on his clinical work, and his research at St Thomas’ Hospital, he will also discuss our future possibilities as ‘superhumans’. 6pm, Morley College. One penny.


Gala Concert: Sibelius, Strauss & Grisey

Southbank Sinfonia featuring Grisey's 'Stèle', Strauss' 'Metamorphosen' and Sibelius's grand 'Symphony No. 5' and under the direction of Jessica Cottis. 8pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. £12 / £8.


Lunchtime Concert: Morley Opera School

Singers from the Morley Opera School perform a selection of operatic arias and ensembles, accompanied by the Head of Opera at Morley College, Michalis Angelakis. 1:05pm, St John’s Churchyard, Waterloo. Free.


Bach vs Bach: Pawel Siwczak

A harpsichord recital of music by two great Bachs: Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel, the father and one of his most talented sons. CPE Bach throughout his life stood in opposition to his parent, but later claimed that what he learnt about music was in fact from his father—a transformation of minds indeed. 7pm, The Cello Factory. £15.


Waterloo Walk: Lost Hospitals of SE1

Dive into Waterloo’s rich local heritage on this local walk led by Elaine Andrews of Morley College and Waterloo & Southbank Heritage Society. Among the topics, we will learn about some of the hospitals that once stood in and around North Lambeth and Southwark. Places are limited, so register early. 2pm, steps of St. John's Church, Waterloo. Free.



ERSO: Mahler's First Symphony

Mahler’s spellbinding first symphony broke new ground when it was first performed in 1889. The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stark, bring verve and passion to this performance at St John’s. It will be preceded by a concerto by the winner of the ERSO Soloist of the Year competition. 6:30pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. £12 / £5.


Mental Health Matters: Poetic Unity & Waterloo Community Theatre

An evening of spoken-word performance and youth theatre, bringing together fresh talent from in and around Lambeth, to explore mental health issues. Poetic Unity offers an intimate performance of original poetry and spoken word by the local young people who took part in the workshops on 11th & 15th June. From Waterloo Community Theatre comes ‘There are Lots of Rooms Inside My Head’, a 30-minute drama created and performed by 12-15 year olds. It explores mental health, especially what we choose to share with others and what we keep to ourselves. 6pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. Free.


Art of Moog

The synth band Art of Moog performs the works of Bach using analogue and digital synthesizers and vocoders. Inspired by Wendy Carlos’s Switched-on Bach, and looking more like a Kraftwerk gig than a classical concert, they are made up of some of the UK’s finest harpsichordists and baroque specialists. 7pm, The Cello Factory. £15.


Transforming Rhythm

Experience rhythm as you never imagined it could be! This unique mash-up of hip-hop, Grime and R&B draws from the very best of Lambeth’s DJ and rapping talent and promises to set St John’s Waterloo alight. There will be a cash bar. 7:30pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. £8 / £5. BOOK TICKETS


Q&A: Can Art Transform Being?

How can the arts transform and improve our well-being, both as individuals and as societies? This evening discussion features Catherine Dormor of the Bridge at Waterloo and Farah Mahammoud, co-founder of the creative arts enterprise You Press. 7pm, The Cello Factory. Free. REGISTER



Festival Ceilidh: ReIGNITE 2021 Transforming St. John's Church

Join us for a joyous summer ceilidh to raise funds to transform St John’s by 2021! The celebrated Ceilidh Tree will guide everyone through the dances, whether you’re a novice or an old hand. Tickets include a ‘Build your own Bap’ buffet, cash bar and raffle. All money raised goes to the Reignite 2021 campaign to create a state-of-the-art performance space, employment training centre and heritage hub at St John’s Waterloo. 7pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. £20 / £15 (Children 15 & under: £10). BOOK TICKETS


Chamber Concert: Gershwin & Schoenberg

Returning to the Waterloo Festival, the Asyla Ensemble pairs two 20th-century piano concertos, George Gershwin’s legendary ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and Arnold Schoenberg’s rarer ‘Concerto for Piano’, with shorter works by Edmund Finnis and Maurice Ravel. 7:30pm, St. John's Church, Waterloo. Free. REGISTER


Festival Garden Party & Evensong

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. Garden Party, 3pm. Evensong, 5.30pm. St John’s Waterloo. Free.


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 artistic heart of London.


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