Top 10 Wandsworth Arts Fringe events
Wandsworth is set to be taken over by the annual Wandsworth Arts Fringe event that sees comedians, dancers, theatre, music and more sweep through the borough in a festival frenzy. Here are our favourite events
Silent disco walking tours
Discover the borough of Wandsworth in a whole new light as The Guru Dudu team lead you around the town streets on a silent disco walking tour. After a sell-out season at Edinburgh Fringe, the tours will be taking London by storm with a hilarious dancing adventure plus headphones provided. Your tour guide will immerse yourself in flash mobs of dance with feel-good music from the late 20th century.
18 May, 4pm-4.50pm, £15
Battersea Arts Centre
The Errant Stage Presents
A sustainable theatre on wheels that will be rolling into Wandsworth throughout the fringe, armed with poetry to inspire the residents of SW18. Look out for the team’s big red van coming to a parking space near you.
4 May; 1pm-5pm; free
See website for other dates
St Mary’s Churchn.
London Ukulele Project
Join Heidi and Daniel as they take to their stage with their unique ukulele show at the Half Moon, Putney. Growing up in New Mexico, Daniel’s style is taken from Mexican mariachi, while Heidi has more than 30 years experience working in film and television. The project is a not for profit organisation which encourages and facilitates music-making for all with the aim of building communities. Profits go towards gifting ukuleles to schools and community groups.
16 May; 7pm-10pm; £12
Flamenco Con Gusto
With the support of Wandsworth Arts Fund, Flamenco Con Gusto tells of five men, six bulls and one girl, all converging for fun and games on a hot July day in Pamplona. This tale of dark desires is told through the vivacity of physical theatre and the explosive colour of Flamenco dance and music. As well as the performances, there will be two Flamenco dance workshops open to the public.
16-18 May; see website for times; £12
Balham Bowls Club
Big Art Picnic
Picnic with WildCity and create a giant, interactive box world based on London’s cityscape. This collaborative and playful picnic will encourage kids and families to construct towers, tunnels and spaces to bring the park to life. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring along family and friends to enjoy creating art in the great outdoors.
11 May; 12.30pm-4.30pm; free
South London Jazz Orchestra
Returning to St Mary’s Church, the South London Jazz Orchestra will be performing with singer Georgie Fellows and new conductor James Keirle for an evening of soulful melodies played by talented live musicians. Aside from classic jazz, expect to hear a range of other musical genres including funk, Latin and classic swing.
4 May; 7.30pm-10pm; £12
St Mary’s Church
Thick ‘n’ Fast present Not Quite
Thick ‘n’ Fast presents Not Quite, a comedy about the struggles and reality of the interview process. Eager to impress, young hopefuls Cassie and Georgie are intent on making a good first impression. With their fingers crossed, a strong handshake and uncomfortable footwear, these two young female professionals hope to overcome every setback to get onto the career ladder.
19 May; 7.30pm-8.30pm; £6.50
Flagz carnival workshop
Join carnival award-winning Flagz Mas Band for a fabulous family Caribbean dance workshop and Flagz’s Jnr Mas carnival costumes reveal. Visitors will have fun learning some of the dances seen at the famous annual carnival and in the Caribbean. A must-see for lovers of Soca, Calypso, Dancehall and Reggae.
18 May; 3.45pm-5.30pm; .30pm-8.30pm; £3
Fresh Ground London
Pop up choir performances
Battersea Power Station will be taken over with musical performances throughout the entirety of the fringe with pop-up choirs taking to the stage across the power station site and Circus West Village. The performances will be free 30-minute long shows, with a few sing-alongs comprising of classical, choral, jazz and pop. Choirs include Battersea Power Station Community Choir, Real Voices Battersea, Real Voices Tooting, South London Choir and Westbridge Choir.
11-19 May; see website for times; free
Battersea Power Station
A colourful solo exhibition from artist and furniture maker Yinka Ilori will be coming to the fringe, coinciding with Ilori’s first public commission to redesign Nine Elms underpass in a project aptly titled ‘Happy Street’. Each up-cycled piece Ilori creates tells a story that brings Nigerian verbal traditions, colour and culture into playful conversation with contemporary architectural design, touching on themes of hope, sexuality and social class. This new exhibition also profiles Ilori’s drive to counter the unnecessary waste of European and West African consumer cultures.
8-19 May; see website for times; free