Virtual Entertainment Wandsworth Arts Festival

Wandsworth Arts Fringe – In Your Living Room

Although the festival cannot take place as planned, the show must go on! Even in this period of social distancing, WAF can still join you in your living room!

Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) is hosting its festival of cutting-edge arts and culture in your living room this May via a new online platform. Just like the usual festival, which explodes across the borough every May, WAF in your Living Room is the place to catch the hottest artistic talent and find some inspiration and light relief to keep you and your family stimulated, creative and laughing during lockdown.

With typical ingenuity and resourcefulness, WAF artists have been spending lockdown developing a new artistic programme for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. This year, your own living room will become The Main Stage, and your sofa The Front Row.

From the 8th May onwards, WAF will host an array of arts and culture content to keep you inspired, stimulated and laughing during lockdown. Live events and performances will be streamed daily throughout the festival (8–24 May), and additional pre-recorded events and creative activities will continue to be added during the entirety of the lockdown period. As usual, the WAF programme is surprising, varied and suitable for all ages and artistic tastes. Some of this year’s treats include potent and daring plays by award-winning theatre companies, collaborative dance performances, gritty performance art (including a monologue from Andy Warhol), and a dazzling show of circus and capoeira.

You can enjoy your own private concert or gig, with live performances from Rogue Opera, intimate, spell-binding pop by Eleonora Stolfi, and Baroque harpsichord recitals from Bach Club on offer. Other special highlights include a bold performance by Max Morton, who combines spoken word, hip hop and home video to dig into the dark depths of depression; as well as a live-streamed, love-themed gameshow hosted by First Flirts’ Agony Aunt Love Angels, who will be solving all your romantic dilemmas and love games.

For those looking for something to wind down to, there’s guitarist Geoff Robb, who will be playing his exquisite compositions that blend his classical training and love of Spanish and Celtic music; drawing classes, where you will learn how to masterfully draw the view from your window; and workshops in the Japanese martial art practice of Kenbu Tenshin Ryu, which is said to promote feelings of interconnectedness and peace of mind.

There’s a whole host of things to keep children creative (and distracted!) too, including activities that encourage them to be great explorers of the great indoors and nightly bedtime stories from enchanting storytellers.

How to tune in:

Suitable for all ages and artistic tastes, the programme will run between 8 – 24 May 2020. Additional content from local artists and partners will continue to be hosted and promoted on the WAF website throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period, so keep visiting the website to enjoy the latest content by local artists and organisations, from their living rooms to yours.

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