SouthWestFest Returns for Summer 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing SouthWestFest back for summer 2021. This year we are ‘Reimagining’ what our community festival looks like and plan to take SouthWestFest to the Streets of south Westminster with a 3 week programme including pop up performances, creative activations, Art Trails, Health Trails and more.

SouthWestFest is a community led event, and there are plenty of ways for local organisations, groups and members of the community to take part.

 Open Access Event Programme

Host your own event, workshops or activity as part of our part of our 3 week celebratory cultural community festival programme which is SouthWestFest. This year the festival will be running from the 2nd to the 23rd July 2021.

The festival is open access and we encourage local community groups, organisations, artists, creatives and individuals to host their own events and activities as part of this community celebration.

Events registered should be either free or very low cost. The aim of the festival is to get local community members out into the area to try new activities and learn about local groups, services and venues in an accessible manner.

This year you can register both online and physical/live events (ensuring they are Covid secure)

This year we are theming our programme…

2nd – 9th July : Health & Wellbeing

10th – 16th July: Arts & Culture

17th – 23rd July: Celebrate Community

It is FREE to register your events in our festival programme! By registering your event or activity as part of our Open Access Programme, you will be included in our printed brochure and on our website in the run up to and during the festival. In return, we ask you to co-promote your event along with the festival, and on registering we will send you our Partner’s Pack which includes a guide on how to co-promote your event as part of the festival.

CLICK HERE to register your event or activity.

Take part in our Online & On Foot Art Trail

Building on our inaugural Art Trail last Summer,  we are aiming to create south Westminster’s biggest community Art Trail to date!

Are you a local artist that lives or works in south Westminster? Then we want you to get involved! The aim of our art trail is to feature  artwork that is created by local artists; bringing art into the community by the community.

The Art Trail will run from Saturday 10th to Friday 16th July 2021:

Online Trail: hosted on our website so that those that are not able to walk around the local area easily can still easily access the art

On Foot Trail: taking place in local venues/residential windows or gardens/public facing spaces so that those who can, can walk around the local area, discover your work, new spaces and be out in the community

the Art Trail Launch Day on Saturday 10th July, will include extra special celebratory pop-up performances and guided tours of sections of the trail.

CLICK HERE to submit your artwork for the Art Trail

Other Ways to Get Involved

There are plenty of other ways to get involved in year’s festival, just head over to our Take Part page to find out more…


Join cave, local artists and SouthWestFest for this unique online and on foot Art Trail!

Date: Date: 9th-12th July

Time: Launches 11am 9th July

Location: Online exhibition and Art Trail on foot map will go live on our website 9th July

About this activity: Join cave and other local artists from the Pimlico area on an exciting art trail. Follow the trail map on foot to visit the artists works in local windows and front gardens or take a look at the work hosted in our online exhibition.

Guided Tour of On Foot Art Trail: 12.30-4.30pm Saturday 11th July, meeting at The Old Rent Office Pop-Up Gallery, Wellington Buildings, Ebury Bridge Rd, London SW1W 8SA led by artist Harmony Thyme.

Artists involved:
Sue Armitage | Julie Bloom | ETAT | Ruby David-Jekyll | Lydia Gardner | Vivienne Gibbon | Pat Hayward | Barnaby Hughes & Harmony Thyme | Ninebob | Hayley Mcavoy | Richard Mittens | Mustafa | Polysara | Luke Ratz | Glen Riches | Capella Silverangel | Karen Turner | Millbank Creative Works

More about cave:

Introducing cave a space on a mission to find itself and its place in an ever changing throw away word. The beliefs of the cave artists lie within the notion of art being an impulse to make!

Today’s emerging artists entering the contemporary art world are aware that they will very likely have to commit to a second paying job for the foreseeable future to make ends meet. But with this knowledge they still make the decision to pursue a career in the arts.

The day to day running of cave comprises of a second hand shop with workshop, café, gallery and studio space. Running exhibitions and artist residences. Selling ready-mades, re-claimed and found objects some as seen, some being worked on by cave artists to create ad hoc and bespoke pieces to be sold to passing trade. We also generate income by the sale of works of art, craft, vintage and designer items from invited artists and donators.

Where to find cave online:



Instagram: @cavepimlico 

Funded by The Pimlico Million

Get crafty with SouthWestFest and Pimlico Picasso’s and learn how to make ‘Happiness’ bunting at home!

Date: Between 25th June – 12th of July

Watch here:

Who is this activity aimed at: Families, children and young people.

About the activity: Join Hayley from Pimlico Picasso’s in this series of easy follow along videos, and learn how to make your own Happiness bunting to string up at home. Share your completed bunting with us by sending us a picture or adding  the hashtag #swfesthappiness or tagging @swfest on twitter and or instagram, and we will share your bunting photo on our online exhibition page!

About Pimlico Picasso’s: Pimlico Picasso’s is a grassroots educational Arts and crafts project. Building bridges across cultural divides we strive to enrich the social fabric of our community.

Where to find Pimlico Picasso’s online:



Instagram: @pimlico_piccassos

The Artful Heart – Achieving inner balance through embracing creativity – an online talk hosted by artist Kate Coe

Date: Sunday 12th July

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Location: Online via Zoom – Link here

Who is this session for: 18+

How to join this online event safely: Click here for further guidance on taking part in online workshops. Please note partner events are not covered by our safeguarding policy, and are subject to their own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns please head to our Contact Us Page.

About the session:

Join our interactive talk followed by a Q&A session and get some insights into the inter-connections between your heart’s desires, art and wellbeing.

An innovator in future-thinking & NLP Trainer Bill Phillips, Photographic artist & Strengthcoach Dan Bachmann, Facilitator & Curator Kate Coe in conversation about discovering the route to mental health and personal strengths through the medium of art and photography.


Bill Phillips

Dan Bachmann

Kate Coe

Social Media:



Instagram: @viva_kate_coe/