Borough-wide arts feast coming soon

Published: 24 March 2016

The Wandsworth Arts Fringe programme is now available online, with 110 live performances and events across the borough over two weeks in May.

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.

In Battersea’s Heathbrook Park, there is a day of outdoor arts for the whole family 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.

Renowned concert pianist and composer Leslie Howard, who has appeared internationally with many of the world’s finest orchestras, will give a special performance at St Mary’s Church, Putney.

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. 

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

Children will be able to feed the dinosaur in Roehampton or enjoy outdoor arts in Heathbrook Park. They will also be able to get hands-on with a variety of workshops, including making Jack and the Beanstalk masks for interactive storytelling with StoryCraft. There are kids’ shows on offer such as Seska the clown’s show called ‘Milkshake’ and Al Clogston’s cabaret for ‘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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