FESTIVAL DIARY '18

THURSDAY JUNE 7TH

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’. 6pm, St John’s Waterloo. Free.

 ‘Nothing Endures but Change’: Sculpture Exhibition

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. Until June 24th. Daily, 9am-8pm. St John’s Churchyard. Free.

FRIDAY JUNE 8TH

 

Lunchtime Concert: Pimlico Academy Steel Band. An exhilarating mash-up of traditional calyso, jazz, soul and funk from the young performers who aim to ‘take steel bands to different levels’. 1pm, St John’s Waterloo. Free.

Our House: Tackling London's Housing Crisis Anna Minton, author of ‘Big Capital’, and James Murray, London's deputy mayor for housing, and others join an important panel discussion on the housing challenges facing Londoners. 7pm, St John's Waterloo. 

Festival Sleep-out

A church sleep-over with a difference, to raise money for the ROBES project to help London’s homeless. More details here. Register online. 9/10pm-8am, St John’s Waterloo.

SATURDAY JUNE 9th

ART TRAIL: 'Nothing Endures but Change'. Tour the ephemeral sculpture installations  in the gardens of St John's Waterloo, with exhibitor Rebecca Feiner. Meet on the steps of St John's at 2pm.

 

‘Transforming London: Community in Action’. Guided walk around Waterloo & Southbank, with Coin Street Community Builders. Walks start at 11am & 1pm. Meet on the steps of St John’s Waterloo. Free registration.

SUNDAY JUNE 10th

 

Festival Eucharist 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 Smyth’s ‘March of the Woman’, commemorating the mass rally in Hyde Park in June 1908. 10.30am, St John’s Waterloo.

MONDAY JUNE 11th

Archive of the Last Inutero Human. A performance by artist Ann Grim’, questioning the future of reproduction within humankind. 7pm, St John's Waterloo Churchyard. Free. Followed by opening of 'Altered States' exhibition (see below).

Altered States: An Exhibition of Artists’ Moving Image.

Catch the latest in moving-image art from the London Group and friends. Until June 18th. Mon-Sat 1pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm, Crypt of St John’s Waterloo. Free.

 

TUESDAY JUNE 12th

‘Beyond Image – The Permanent Revolution.’

Exhibition of paintings, film, sculpture and installation from artists of The London Group, curated by Tom Scase. The Cello Factory, 35A Cornwall Rd, London SE1 8TJ. Runs until June 23rd. Free.

‘Thinking Ahead: What will our Community look like in 30 years?’ Panel Discussion, in collaboration with Coin Street Community Builders. Chaired by Giles Goddard, with Baroness Jenny Jones, Kofi Oppong, Amir Eden and James Asfa. Introduced by George Nicholson of Coin Street Community Builders. St John’s Waterloo. 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH

Living-LAB For Improving Air Quality with the University of Surrey and Professor Prashant Kumar. Exploring innovative ways of improving air-quality in cities. Talks at 1.15pm & 6pm. 1-7pm, St John’s Waterloo. Free.

Protest!

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

THURSDAY JUNE 14th

Launch of Word Weekend & Waterloo Festival Anthology. New fiction read from the winning entries of the very first Waterloo Festival Writing Competition. With performance, poetry, and an Open Mic session! 6.30pm, St John’s Waterloo. Free.

FRIDAY JUNE 15th

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

 

Gary Crosby Quintet The jazz ensemble play Wayne Shorter’s jazz classic ‘Speak No Evil’. Southwark Stanza poetry group opens the evening. Tickets: £12 concert only or £20 to include poetry & supper. 7pm, St John’s Waterloo. 

SATURDAY JUNE 16TH

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY JUNE 17TH

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop. Explore the techniques of Brazilian theatre activist Augusto Boal. 2-6pm, Calder Bookshop & Theatre, 51 The Cut, London SE1 8LF. £20. 

MONDAY JUNE 18TH

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

Archive of the Last Inutero Human. A performance by artist Ann Grim’, questioning the future of reproduction within humankind. 6.15pm, St John's Waterloo Churchyard. Free.

‘Is Art Transformative?’ 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.. 7pm (doors 6.30pm), The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Rd, London SE1 8TJ. 

TUESDAY JUNE 19th

Festival Quiz, with Matt Brown of Londonist. Includes Fish & Chip supper. 8pm, St John’s Waterloo. £10. 

THURSDAY JUNE 21ST

Summer Solstice Mandala Ritual, performed by artist Venetia Nevill. Expect the extraordinary from this performance art event, which precedes the Festival's big Gala concert (see below). 7pm, St John's Waterloo. Free.

 

Festival Gala Concert. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, performed by the Southbank Sinfonia with Epiphoni Consort and soloists. Conducted by James Hendry. 8pm, St John’s Waterloo. £12/£8 concessions. There will be a mandala art performance by artist Venetia Nevill to celebrate summer solstice at 7pm (see above). 

FRIDAY JUNE 22nd

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

SATURDAY JUNE 23RD

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

SUNDAY JUNE 24TH

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.

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