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Community and Volunteering At Tate Britain

We’re very proud to work with the Tate Britain as a venue partner for SouthWestFest. This year Tate Curators joined us at the SouthWestFest Festival day and brought some fantastic arts workshops for everyone to try.

Shambush! and SouthWestFest also got to produce a community Art Project which was shown in the Clore Gallery on Sunday the 2nd of July, with artwork made by local children and residents!

If you are local to Tate Britain then volunteering can be a really fun way to get involved, discover art and meet new people.

Felix has lived in Pimlico since 1983, and started volunteering at Tate Britain three years ago. During that time he’s watched Pimlico grow in to a safer, greener, more diverse area and is fan of the big lovely Victorian pumping station by Grosvenor Bridge.

He has also seen changes in himself, previously having little to no interest in art he now gives tours with confidence and takes great pleasure doing so. Although hesitant at interacting with the public at first and unsure if Tate was for him he now looks forward to his shifts and all the different people he gets to meet.

“Volunteering at Tate is a really good gig, it’s fantastic!”

SouthWestFest Brochure Now Online!

TESCO’s Bags of Help for SouthWestFest

Bags of Help!

Do you shop at TESCO?

Help SouthWestFest raise £4000 by asking for a

voting token at the checkout when you reach the till.

 Vote now at the stores below:

PIMLICO EXP     SW1V 3EN
VICTORIA METRO  SW1V 1RXE
MONCK ST VICTORIA EXP   SW1P 2BW
REGENT STREET METRO     SW1Y 4LR

QUEENSWAY       W2 6LS
SOUTH WHARF PADTN EXP   W2 1JX
PADDINGTON METRO        NW8 8EX
50 CURZON STREET EXP    W1J 7UP

COVENT GARDEN METRO     WC2E 9EQ
DEAN STREET METRO       W1D 3RS
EDGWARE ROAD METRO      W2 2EA
FLEET STREET LDN EXP    WC2R 1DA
GEORGE ST LON EXP       W1U 8NN
LONDON NW CAVNDSH EXP   W1W 6BE
MAIDA VALE EXPRESS      W9 1UP
BAKER STREET EXPRESS    W1U 6TP

Voting is open from the 7th May – 30th of June

Help us make amazing free events and fun activities for SW1 this summer!

SouthWestFest is coming!

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Following a fantastic Festival in 2016, we’re very excited to announce that planning for SouthWestFest 2017 is well under-way! We have some brilliant new workshops and performances in the pipeline as well as planned improvements to our much loved annual events.

Update your diary now, the festival begins on the 30th of June for the Pimlico Proms, the 1st of July for the Festival Gala day and Parade, plus plenty of events up until the 16th of July.

But now it’s time for YOU to get involved. SouthWestFest provides a great opportunity for local residents, groups, organisations, businesses large and small take part and celebrate the SW1 community.

This year’s festival theme is SW OneWorld celebrating our multicultural community. Read on below for more information on how you can get involved.

Perform!

At our Proms on the 30th of June or Festival Day on the 1st of July 2017.  SouthWestFest is a charity run event and our festival day is a free event for the local community. The aim of providing the stage is that it is a platform to promote local community groups and performers. We do not have budgets to pay for performances, however we hope through providing a public platform to showcase your work, you will be able to promote yourself or your group to a large diverse audience within the Westminster community.

Click here to apply now!

Join our SW OneWorld Parade!
This event is to celebrate the children and young people and services that support them across SW1.On Saturday 1st of July a pedestrian procession will take to the streets to celebrate the vibrant and creative community of SW1. Last year 250 local children, young people and adults dressed-up and danced through the streets. This year we aim to make it even bigger and better – with your help.

Join the Parade!

This year’s children’s parade SW One-World. We want to inspire the next generation to celebrate our multi-cultural community, your parade group could choose to dress as your favourite flag, in a traditional costume or by dress or style inspired by your favourite countries.

Click here to apply now!

Produce Your Own Event and Feature it in our Brochure!
Our festival dates are between the 30th of June and the 16th of July. The festival is open access and we encourage local community groups, organisations, artists, creatives and individuals to host their own events, activities and workshops as part of this community celebration.

The aim of the festival is to get local community members out into the area to try new activities and learn about groups, services and venues around where they live. We’ll add your event to our Festival Brochure which will be distributed to 10,000 homes and public spaces in the area, plus we will add your event to our website too.

Click here to register your event now!

So we hope you feel inspired to take part in SouthWestFest 2017. Our deadline for getting your events, activities and performances in our brochure is the 21st of April, so please send us your details as soon as possible.

If you have any questions in the meantime please email info@southwestfest.org.uk for more information.

Looking forward to working with you all this summer!

Team SouthWestFest

SouthWestFest is back!

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Hello everyone,

So, first of all you may have noticed we have a brand new website! We’ve designed this with you in mind and hope you’ll be able to find everything you need to plan your festival and have a great time with your neighbours, friends and family this summer.

We have added some great new features including an easy to navigate events calender and our all new SouthWestFest Blog! We’ll be using this space to tell you all about what we’ve been up to, what new and exciting events we have planned and how we hope to develop the Festival for the future.

EVENTS | STALLS | PERFORMING | VOLUNTEERING
You can be a part of this year’s Festival by hosting your own event, if you have something you’d like to contribute to your community please send us your entries here, we’d love to hear from you! Each year our Festival brochure goes out to 10’000 homes and businesses in SW1 and to make sure we can include your event we need to have your submissions before Midday Friday 22nd April, community events are an important part of our diverse SouthWestFest programming, so if you’re planning on hosting an event please fill out this form before the deadline and don’t forget, if you need any advice just email info@southwestfest.org.uk and we’ll get in touch!

Hosting an event during the festival isn’t the only way you can get involved this year! Our applications for performing, volunteering and becoming a stallholder are now open, if you would like to sell crafts, clothes, cakes or have something special you’d like to promote to the local community, please apply here and we will get back to you with further information soon.

If you think you can wow our crowds and would like to showcase your talent at SouthWestFest, please register your interest here, and we will be in touch in April when we begin programming our live events.

Without our fantastic events volunteers we couldn’t make SouthWestFest happen and this year is no exception. Whether you want to spend an afternoon with us  or make a long-term commitment to become a Festival Volunteer Lead or a Festival Trustee, volunteers are vital to SouthWestFest and without them we simply couldn’t make it all happen! If you can spare some time, or have a skill you think could help us make the Festival great, please let us know by filling in this form!

Production of our annual Festival brochure is well under way, and we’ll be distributing this at the beginning of May, so keep an eye out for your copy! Once we’ve finalised our events programme at the end of April you’ll be able to buy tickets online and in several local businesses in Pimlico, but don’t worry we’ll let you know when they go on sale so you don’t miss out!

That’s all from us for now but if you want to stay in the loop, please sign up to our mailing list to make sure you get the latest news!

SouthWestFest x

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