Get ready for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Published: Tuesday 26th April 16

The Wandsworth Arts Fringe starts next Friday (May 6) with a feast of live performances, exhibitions and events to tickle the palate of arts lovers across the borough.

Theatre company the Bureau of Silly Ideas promotes the festival in Tooting

There will be more than 100 different events taking place across two weeks in May. See full details and book online,

Established venues, parks, charity shops, pubs and even bakeries will be hosting work by local and national artists, street performances, family workshops, exhibitions, music and dance.

Alton Goes Ancient!

Highlights include a whole day of music, dance and theatre in Battersea’s  Heathbrook Park, including a medieval puppet show based on Chaucer from The Fabularium, a Big Arts Picnic and a giant squid spectacle from Puppets with Guts.

A Russian holiday home will be installed at The Bedford in Balham over three days by Dash Arts. ‘The Dacha’ will immerse audiences in three decades of Russian culture and has been funded by an Arts Council England Grant.

The Midnight Run invites adult audiences to go on a curated night-time trail through sites in the Nine Elms development area and get involved with different creative activities along the way.

The charity shop Oasis, on Mitcham Road in Tooting, will host live artist Silvia Ziranek as an artist in residence for a day. Performance artist and clown, Francesca Martello, will present a show about bread in several bakeries, cake shops and cafes around the borough.

In an arch under Putney Bridge audiences can experience an audio visual installation from ‘A Human Love Story’, which is project based on stories collected from real people by artist Matthew Hopwood. 

Citizen Squid

Battersea Barge at Nine Elms will host several events including Femmes by the Thames cabaret show from comedian Rosie Wilby.

In Roehampton, there’s a chance to meet a dinosaur at the free Alton Goes Ancient event on the library green. Combine learning about palaeontology with a hands-on dinosaur encounter.

Other entertainment for children includes Seska the clown’s show  ‘Milkshake’ and Al Clogston’s cabaret ‘Little Folk’ both at The Bedford in Balham.

Wandsworth Fringe is co-ordinated on behalf of Wandsworth Council by the Arts Team of Enable Leisure & Culture, in collaboration with a steering group of local representatives and independent Fringe Producer, Cath Mattos who is also Projects Director at World Festival Network and World Fringe

The Wandsworth Fringe runs from May 6-22. For more information

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