Join our community initiatives

Don't wait until May to enjoy Wandsworth Arts Fringe!

We have an exciting array of community events happening over the next few months in the lead up to WAF. Get involved!

February half-term: circus taster sessions!

Pitchbend Productions are excited to be offering taster sessions for young people as part of the Circus Garden at Wandsworth Arts Fringe. We are bringing some exciting professional artists to deliver sessions in Hula Hooping, acrobatics and parkour over the February half-term, and a fuller program will run in March/April in the run up to Wandsworth Arts Fringe in May. Young people will have the chance to perform in the Big Top tent in Shillington Gardens, that will host a range of family shows and exciting circus troupes during the festival.

Circus skills taster sessions
Tuesday 13 February, Caius House
2 Holman Road, London SW11 3RL

  • 1.30pm – 3pm General Circus Skills (age 6-11) with Katie Hardwick
  • 1.30pm – 3pm Hula Hoop (age 6-11) with Majorettes
  • 3.30pm – 5pm Parkour outdoor (12+) with Esprit Concrete
  • 3.30pm – 5pm Hula Hoop (12+) with Majorettes

Wednesday 14 February, Caius House
2 Holman Road, London SW11 3RL

  • 2.30pm – 4pm Acrobatics and Tumbling (12+) with Sadiq Ali and Eric Mitchell

To find out how to sign up, please contact Caius House or Flora on flora.pitchbend@gmail.com.

This community engagement program is generously supported by Wandsworth Council through the Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Easter holidays: get ready for Carnival!

Have fun learning Flagz’s carnival dance routines and costume designing for our carnival showcase at the Flagz Carnival day event on Sunday 20 May. You might even get a chance to enjoy the best Caribbean rhythms with them at the legendary Notting Hill Carnival!

Flagz Junior Mas Carnival Easter Project at Providence House
Tuesday 3 ­– Friday 6 April, 10am - 1pm 

Four days of fun carnival arts workshops with the award winning Flagz Mas Band.

Cost: £2 youth club daily entrance 

Contact: info@FlagzMasBand.com

Supported by Wandsworth Council through Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Internship opportunity, April – May

Blackshaw Theatre Company is running Production Internships for ages 16-25 in April and May.

Email ellie@blackshawonline.com for more information and details on how to apply.

Performing opportunities

WAF Showcase

Would you like your community group to have a chance to perform on the Errant Stage as part of the WAF showcase on the first and second weekend of the festival?

Contact Fringe Producer cath@wandsworthfringe.com

Aged 14 to 30, able or disabled?

Get involved in Be:UFest in King George’s Park on Monday 7 May.

For more information and a chance to perform, contact Zenovia on zenovia@re-zone8.org.uk

Calling all poets!

Whether you’re an established or aspiring poet, contact Kate on theerrantstage@gmail.com for a chance to perform on one of the Big Red Tour Poetry Open Mic Nights: in Roehampton on Saturday 12 May and in Balham on Sunday 13 May.

Want to write for radio or stage?

Writing Workshop
Saturday 12 May, 2pm – 4pm, Putney Arts Theatre, SW15 6AW

Open to aspiring writers aged 16+, this workshop will cover the disciplines of writing, creating narrative, writing for radio, and can offer support for starting writing, or works in progress. 

Email ellie@blackshawonline.com for more information/to book a place.

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Aspiring architect?

Picnic with WildCity artists and create a giant, interactive tunnel installation, a Northern Line extension, built overground. Bring a picnic, family and friends and enjoy creating in the great outdoors.

  • Saturday 12 May, 2pm ­– 4pm, Heathbrook Park
  • Sunday 13 May, 2pm – 4pm, Tooting Rec

FREE

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Love to dance?

Dance workshops at Royal Academy of Dance
Sunday 12 May, 9am – 3pm

Try a dance class with the Royal Academy of Dance! From family dance classes to silver swans, there is something for all ages at the RAD.

  • Family Dance  (for parent and child under 4) - A fun and creative movement  class for children under the age of 4 and their parent, grandparent or carer. 
  • Children’s Repertoire workshop (5-8 years) - Discover the magic of a well-known ballet in a fun session of dance, music, acting and storytelling.
  • Musical Theatre workshop (7-12 years) - Sing and dance in this energetic workshop introducing choreography and music inspired by a popular West End musical.
  • Boys Dance class - A workshop just for boys, working with a male tutor.
  • Silver Swan Taster (55+ years) - Specially designed for older learners, Silver Swans ballet classes will help improve your mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels.


All workshops £7

Guided Tours of the RAD and archives
Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
Sunday 12 May, various times

Join us for a guided tour of the Royal Academy of Dance in Battersea Square; there’ll be opportunity to take a peek inside our studios, delve into our historic archives and explore our historic displays of costume designs, unique photographs and more.
FREE

Pop-up Dance Day
11am – 3pm, Battersea Square, SW11 3RA

Visit us in Battersea Square to enjoy a day of dance performances presented by the Royal Academy of Dance. There’ll be opportunity to enjoy a range of dance styles by young RAD dancers, and maybe even the chance to join in yourself! Suitable for all audiences.
FREE

Seed Bomb Dance by Edible Avenue
R.O.S.E Community Centre, Nine Elms
Saturday 19 May, time TBC

Come and learn the dance moves to take part to the phenomenal Seed Bomb Dance, as part as the Royal Wedding celebration party at the R.O.S.E Centre!
FREE

Supported by Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Grant Fund.

Love music?

Tavaziva African Drumming and Dance Improvisation Workshops

Come and learn how to play the drums with Bawren Tavaziva at Providence House!

Internationally renowned Choreographer and Composer Bawren Tavaziva will lead sessions fusing music and dance, open to all young people from Wandsworth.

  • African Drumming, Dance Improvisation and performance skills
    Saturday 19 May, 11.30am – 3pm 
  • Use skills from day 1 to create a short piece, to be performed at Flagz Carnival later that afternoon
    Sunday 20 May, 11.30am – 2.30pm