WAF credit Dani Bower Autin Dance

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2023

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2023 – All You Need to Know

Wandsworth’s annual celebration of all things arts is back for another year, 9 – 25 June 2023

Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) is back and better than ever, bringing 17 days of captivating art, dance, theatre, comedy, circus and street performances to Wandsworth.

This year’s festival features some standout performers such as Rogue Opera, which aims to bring opera to a wider audience. Read our interview to find out more.

Don’t miss performance poet Alice d’Lumiere’s show, Speaking Out and Fitting In!, which celebrates gender fluidity with a mix of striking poetry and disarming comedy.

Tap dancer Petra Haller will take over the National Opera Studio with a week-long celebration of tap dance, while Hallomai Dance will present Joy is Ours, an interactive dance performance for families in local housing estates.

Young talents also have their chance to shine with Wandsworth Street Concerts and World Heart Beat Presents: The Oracle Residency, offering free outdoor classical concerts and masterclasses to develop young musical talent in the borough.

There’s more opera with performances of Gaṅgā and Carp Leaps over the Dragon Gate, while theatre and spoken word enthusiasts can attend the Wandsworth New Writing Fest, a two-week festival of new performance.

With such a diverse range of offerings, WAF 2023 promises to be an incredible showcase of talent and creativity that you won’t want to miss.

Just some of the highlights of WAF 2023…

  • Wandsworth New Writing Festival, 12 – 25 June
A festival of new plays and performance at one of WAF’s most atmospheric venues. Discover 14 new works, plus a scratch night, a spoken word night and a creatives social.
The Arches at St Mary’s Church, SW15.
  • Linda Foster: Critical Moment, 15 June
An evening of dance theatre produced, created and performed by older dance artists – Edgefield Dance Company, Power Dance & Co, Function of X and Grand Gesture – cultural activists presenting a personal and political response to life’s critical moments.
Royal Academy of Dance, SW11.
  • Pegasus Opera Company: Windrush Anniversary Concert, 9 June
A musical performance featuring top classical singers with music by composers of African, Caribbean and Asian heritage with gospel, opera, musical theatre and songs inspired by the Black diaspora.
National Opera Studio, SW18
  • Wandsworth Street Concerts, 14 & 21 June
Grab a seat or bring a picnic to hear local classical artists perform Britten and Bach in the Portico of St Anne’s.
St. Anne’s Church, SW18
  • Autin Dance Theatre: Out of the Deep Blue, 24 & 25 June

Out of the Deep Blue dives into the themes of the climate emergency in an outdoor spectacle featuring a 13-foottall puppet operated by five world-class puppeteers and contemporary dancers.
Balham High Street/Bedford Hill, SW12 Tooting Broadway, SW17

Pictured top: Autin Dance (c) Dani Bower

To find out more about the 2023 festival, please visit