Waterloo Festival 2018

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 9 May 2018 11:42
Vicar's Blog

It’s that time of year again. The sun has reappeared, temperatures are rising nicely and the gates of St John’s will soon be festooned with banners proclaiming 2018’s Waterloo Festival.

Every summer, the Festival at St John’s holds fresh excitement and appeal.

But this year I’m especially excited. Euchar Gravina, newly appointed artistic director of Waterloo Festival, has put together something really special. Euchar, who has already transformed our music and singing at St John’s, has reached out to countless groups, artists and influencers in and around Waterloo to forge fresh links and create a true community festival.

The whole programme is here

There are many events I am looking forward to. All of them were chosen for their relevance to the Festival’s theme ‘Transforming Minds’.

Beethoven’s Ninth (June 21st) holds a special place in my heart, and will feature Southbank Sinfonia and the Epiphoni Consort choir. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk...

I’m also excited about ‘Word Weekend’ (June 14th-17th), which is packed with fun activities. Why not try an agit-prop street theatre workshop, or book a spot at a literary debate on immigration at Travelling Through bookshop on Lower Marsh? You’ll find much more on online: https://www.waterloofestival.c...

Summer is also about al-fresco experiences of course.

I invite you to dig out your sleeping bag and join us for a Sleep-Out in the Churchyard on Friday June 8th, amid ephemeral sculpture by over 30 artists. Bound to be a memorable experience, and it will also raise money for the ROBES night-shelter. The Sleep-Out follows what should be a packed discussion on London’s housing crisis, with acclaimed author Anna Minton. You can find out about both events here: https://www.waterloofestival.c...

This is just a taster of the many experiences on offer at this year’s Waterloo Festival. I encourage you to browse through the wonderful website, or head straight to our ticket shop to register for free events or reserve your seats for ticketed ones. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk...

With so much upheaval and change around us, this heartfelt celebration of the arts, music and ideas feels more important and relevant than ever. I hope you draw inspiration from this year’s Waterloo Festival. And in the words of St Paul (Romans 15:13): May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.







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