SouthWestFest is a community fuse box of great ideas, fun activities and engaging events. We aim to produce a community festival to showcase arts, culture and support sector groups and community services which take place in SW1.

In the last eleven years SouthWestFest has been enjoyed by an estimated 95,000 people in the Westminster area. SouthWestFest a celebratory and creative festival event which programmes shows, events, workshops and activities based at multiple venues in the South Westminster.

We build harmonious relationships in the community through events and workshops and engage over 10,000 people per year in our projects and activities enabling celebration of SW1 area and increased community connectivity.

Our audience reach spans across Westminster and its bordering boroughs including; Lambeth, Vauxhall, Chelsea and Kensington. As well as working with the general public, we support a network of over 60 local organisations, businesses and cultural venues in the Westminster area and collaborate with these organisations in order to produce a variety of events each year.

Meet the Team

SouthWestFest is a volunteer led organisation.

Without the dedication of our Trustees, festival volunteers and partnership organisations, it would be impossible to produce such a vibrant and exciting festival each year.

Catherine Drake Wilkes

Festival Chairwoman

For the past eleven years Catherine has worked in Pimlico with the Sure Start Children’s Centres and also volunteers with a charity which provides a local women’s self defence class. Catherine has been involved with SouthWestFest in many different ways through the years and stepped up to be the Chair for 2015. For Catherine, the best things about being part of SouthWestFest are the sense of community and being able to give more people the chance to participate in the many opportunities on offer in SW1.

Jane Buttigieg

Festival President

Jane was the Chair of the festival for many years. After stepping down as the Chair of the festival, we honoured Jane’s many years of hard work and volunteering at the festival by giving her the title of Festival President. She continues to sing onstage at every Proms event and help us raise the money needed each year to put the festival on.

Patricia Alert


Pat got involved with SouthWestFest many years ago, through her work as Outreach Manager for what was then known as Sure Start South Westminster. Although she has since stopped working in Westminster she is still committed to the families of the South. For Pat, the Festival is a favourite time of year, giving her a chance to reconnect with the many children she has worked with in the area over the years.

Sinead Keegan


Sinead is a local writer and lecturer. She first enjoyed SouthWestFest as a participant, then as a workshop leader and now is excited to have joined the team as a trustee. She is enjoying working on the expanded workshop program and is looking forward to running creative writing workshops again and to the second annual Stories of SW1 Writing Competition.

Sara Wheeler


Sara has been a trustee for SouthWestFest for several years and as a lifelong Pimlico resident has fond childhood memories of the old Pimlico Festival: that’s what drew her to getting involved in SouthWestFest.

A married mother of three, Sara works as an HR Manager in Victoria. She looks forward to the Festival each year and tries to get involved with all the different events, especially the event for older residents which has gone from strength to strength. Sara feels that Gala Day is the one day of the year that brings the whole community in South Westminster together. Of the Festival, Sara says It’s fantastic to see such a diverse group of people all coming together and making the festival the success it is today!

Joanna Hedges

Festival Director

Jo came on board as the new Festival Director in January 2015. She has spent the past 8 years producing festival and events in the creative and charity sectors and is excited to bring a renewed fresh energy to the Festival Programme, building on the amazing work which has already been put in place.

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Rheanna Davidge-Huxley

Festival Administrator

Rheanna has just recently joined the SouthWestFest team and is excited to bring her wealth of events and marketing experience to the organisation to help the Festival grow from strength to strength.