Arts Festival and Fringe bring high streets to life

Published: Wednesday 21st May 14

After two action packed weeks the biggest ever Wandsworth Arts Festival and Fringe drew to a close on Sunday 18 May.

Events got underway with the launch at the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth town centre.

The programme saw over 50 events and attracted record crowds to venues right across the borough.

Featured in both Time Out and The Guardian, activities ranged from an enchanted fire garden in Roehampton to Putney inspired poetry, and from Battersea dad dancing workshops to riverside story walks in Nine Elms.

The Arts Festival focused on the borough’s town centres and was supported by the Arts Council England and Southside Shopping Centre.

Wandsworth Council’s Arts Manager Helen Renwick said:

“Through this year’s programme we wanted to celebrate the role arts and culture can play in lighting up our high streets and adding interest and fun to the shopping experience.

“The arts industry is a key ingredient in our local economy, an important source of jobs in its own right and supports our town centre business communities. The feedback from the 2014 programme has been wonderful and I’m sure we left a lasting impression on lots of local people.

“A huge thank you to everyone who took part!”

Highlights from this year’s Festival and Fringe included:

The 'Shoal' at Southside Shopping Centre

Toast Temple – This travelling shrine served perfectly prepared slices to people from all walks of life, inviting them to join in on conversations about toast, art and life.

Alice in Wonderland - Blackshaw Theatre performed a topsy-turvy adaption of the infamous Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to sold out shows at Tooting’s Blackshaw Theatre.

Art on Putney Embankment - This inaugural art and design-led craft market saw mostly local artists at 46 stalls and will soon become a monthly event for Putney.

Sir Owain and The Lady of The Well - More than 200 people joined Sir Owain and The Lady of The Well for an enchanted story telling walk from Tooting Bec Common.

Fire Garden Magic - Emergency Exit Arts transformed Roehampton Library Green with dazzling fire showers, smoke and lighting effects for an audience of up to 300 people.

For more information or images contact the Arts Team, arts@wandsworth.gov.uk.

White Rabbit Walk explores the wonders of Nine Elms

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