Connect and Celebrate your Community with SouthWestFest
SouthWestFest is a community festival for south Westminster, showcasing culture, community and heritage through fun activities and engaging events for all ages.
Founded in 2008, we are a community led charity and our trustees, staff and volunteers are passionate about promoting and celebrating our incredible and diverse community. We have a long history of working with arts, culture, entertainment, health, education, sports and leisure partners in the south Westminster area.
Our framework for the festival programme is to work with local partners, artists and practitioners to plan events, workshops and activities which change each year and will continue to engage and inspire residents to come out and take part. We do this through both a curated programme of themed festival events, alongside an open access programme of partner events.
Activate: Our programme of themed in-house events and commissioned projects including our large scale outdoor festival weekend events, create a ‘hook’ which activates audiences and inspires them to take part in the wider festival programme.
Collaborate: Through our open access festival programme we collaborate with and showcase the work of our 70+ partner organisations and groups. We endeavour to develop and maintain good relationships and always look for opportunities to create new ones.
Promote: Through promotion and celebration of the festival programme, the festival acts as a tool for our partners, to increase awareness of their venues, services, products and programmes to new audiences across the area.
Enable: We aim to create safe, inclusive and accessible spaces to offer our festival activities, reduce barriers to attainment, and enable residents to take part.
Inspire: We aim to inspire and engage our audiences and participants to try new creative, and cultural activities promoted alongside our festival partners, encouraging ongoing engagement with our partners’ services.
Through this work we support, empower and facilitate grassroots community action and leadership, enabling the people and groups we work with to create innovative projects, engaging events, positive placemaking experiences and opportunities for their communities.
Neighbourhood Project of the Year 2018 – Westminster Council – Community Award