Waterloo Festival 2019 Promises Youthful Bolt of Optimism

Published on Thu, 2 May 2019 08:00

Waterloo Festival, the annual celebration of arts, heritage and community, opens on June 6th  with a 17-day programme of events based in and around St John’s Waterloo. 

Curated by 24-year-old Euchar Gravina (surely one of the UK’s youngest artistic directors), the Festival draws in talent from around the world, with a special focus on the fast-changing hub of Waterloo. Taking as its theme ‘Transforming Being’, it opens with an outdoor international art show presented by The London Group, peaks with a gala concert featuring star conductor Jessica Cottis and ends with a festival summer ceilidh led by acclaimed Ceilidh Tree.

In between, the Festival’s thrilling mix includes the film premiere of Algeria’s Oscar entry ‘Until the End of Time’, an exhibition of moving-image art curated by Genetic Moo (renowned for their living installations) and an evening of Sufi whirling dervishes with Rumi’s Circle. The Festival’s resident ‘incubator orchestra’, Southbank Sinfonia, provides a youthful musical backdrop with concerts that include Sibelius, Strauss and Grisey.

Spoken-word workshops with award-winning Ragz-CV of Poetic Unity, a breakfast event on ‘Wellness in the Workspace’, an open rehearsal of Mahler’s First Symphony for all ages and ‘Transforming Rhythm’, a mash-up evening of hip-hop, Grime and R&B are further highlights in what is fast emerging as one of London’s most dazzling and eclectic summer festivals.

“Waterloo Festival is based in one of London’s prime locations, with a rich creative scene we are proud to be part of,” said Euchar Gravina, who started directing the event in 2018. “We see ourselves as a bolt of youthful energy into London’s festival scene. We invite you to come and along and experience it for yourself!”

Tickets now available at waterloofestival.com

Many of the events are free with registration.

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