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SouthWestFest 28th June – 20th July 2019 – Get Involved!

We’re happy to announce that SouthWestFest is confirmed to return from the 28th of June through to the 20th of July 2019! The festival is open access and we encourage local community groups, organisations, artists, creatives and individuals to host their own events as part of this cultural community celebration.

Festival Weekend

Join us for our launch weekend of outdoor events which include the Pimlico Proms and the Community Festival Day on the 28th and 29th of June,  plus our 3 week programme of festival events, workshops and activities in the weeks after.

Festival Day Stalls and Activities 

Want to take part in the festival day? You can register for a stall here,  or if you want to produce an activity, area or performance at the festival, contact us here.

Produce and Promote your Event in the Festival Programme

You can register your event within the festival programme and it will be advertised in our brochure which is distributed to over 10,000 homes and people, and on our website, visited by thousands during June and July. Register your event or activity here.

Sponsors, Partners and Advertisers

Supporters of SouthWestFest not only support a very exciting and important local initiative, but they also get to reach an audience of thousands of people who live and work in SouthWestFest. There are a range of opportunities from small adverts through to gold festival sponsorship packages. Just get in touch and we’ll arrange a bespoke package to suit your needs.

Join the Team

Do you love taking part in SouthWestFest? Would you like to help us come up with great event ideas, plan creative and fun community activities and celebrate the people culture of South Westminster?  We’re always looking for new volunteers and charity trustees, get in touch with us to find out more!

SouthWestFest AGM

SouthWestFest – A Community Festival celebrating the creativity and culture of South Westminster

Join SouthWestFest for a summer celebration of SW1, starting with an amazing opening weekend featuring the Pimlico Proms on Friday the 29th June with the multi award winning Kew Wind Orchestra and also the award winning Northern California Children;s Choir and local cabaret legend Eve Ferrett.

Saturday the 30th June kicks-off with our Everyvoice Carnival Parade and Festival Day at St.Georges Square including live music, dance and performance, plus fairground rides, Fit Up Circus stage, Live Art with Tate Britain, a city farm, Healthzone, rock climbing wall,  family fun activities, graffiti art workshops, crafts, market stalls, food and more.

And the Festival doesn’t stop there, from The Giant Paper Caper colourful giant paper chain made of your people at Tate Britain with Shambush, and Vote 100 Walking Tours discovering the historical landmarks and stories from the Suffrage Movement through to Independence Day Concerts and workshops at St John Smith’s Square there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We also look forward to the return of Pimlico Pop Recordsville at The Cave a tribute to much missed local vinyl mecca Recordsville. Head down to rummage through old vinyl, photographs and haphazard memories of Pimlico’s rich Pop Culture past. Over the fortnight keep an eye out for spontaneous happenings featuring local artists performing in the grooviest gallery space since Andy Warhol wound down The Factory. Turn up, hang out, and turn on!

Plus join Festival Poet in Residence Rachel Sambrooks for poetry writing workshops or a take the perfect shot in the Everyvoice Photography Masterclass or why not try your hand at Flamenco dancing? Whether you are thinking about new skills or just a fun activity to try, we have something for you.

For more information on free events and tickets go to

SouthWestFest Festival Programme Online and in Print

Our Pimlico Proms MINI Competition!

SouthWestFest, South Westminster’s largest cultural community festival returns from the 29th of June to the 2nd of July 2018! With over 60 events, workshops and activities taking place in 26 local venues and community hubs across South Westminster.

This year’s festival will open on the 29th of June with the return of the Pimlico Proms, sponsored by BMW Park Lane and MINI Park Lane.  We are honoured to have two such prestigious automotive companies join us as Gold Sponsors of this year’s Festival.

This sponsorship has helped towards us being able to offer Pimlico Proms tickets for free to residents from the South Westminster area. You will be able to see some of the newest additions to the BMW and MINI range on display at the Pimlico Proms on the 29th of June and at our Festival day on the 30th of June where you will also be able to find out more about test drives from the Park Lane BMW and MINI Centres.

Competition Time! 

MINI Park Lane are offering you a chance to watch the Pimlico Proms from the comfort of a brand new MINI convertible, plus a very special picnic hamper, and bottle of bubbly to enjoy whilst you are there. To be in with the chance of winning this opportunity for two people to have the best seats at the Pimlico Proms, you just need to enter to win by clicking the button below.

By entering this competition, MINI Park Lane would also like to give you the opportunity to register your details to hear about their latest product launches, exclusive events and latest news.

Important competition information and conditions:

This competition is for people aged 18 years and over.The prize on offer is the opportunity to sit in and watch the proms from a MINI Convertible which will be on display at the Pimlico Proms. Winners will also receive a luxury picnic hamper and bottle of prosecco.

The competition closes on the 25th of June and the winning entry will be drawn on the same day. The winner will be contacted directly via email.

The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. If they do not contact within that time frame the prize will be reallocated.
Please note by entering this competition you will be asked to share your name and email address so we (SouthWestFest and MINI Park Lane) can contact you to let you know the outcome of the competition.

The entry form also gives you the option to join the SouthWestFest Mailing List and the MINI Park Lane Mailing List, on clicking this option, you will be sent a link to these mailing lists, where you can make a final decision to subscribe to the lists most relevant to your interest.