Get Involved

Here at Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) we love art in all its forms – theatre, music, dance, visual art and all things in between.  We are an open access arts festival so everyone is welcome to jump on board! Whether you’re a professional or visiting artist, arts organisation, experienced amateur group or a first timer who wants to try a new idea, get involved in our annual arts extravaganza!

We’re also looking for venues -  indoors and outdoors, pop-up and permanent -  to open up spaces for arts activities, working with artists and attracting new audiences.

Wandsworth voluntary organisations, schools and other community groups can also take part, either as venues or as activity hosts and organisers.

Why Take Part

Why not? This is a fabulous opportunity to test new ideas, challenge yourself, attract new audiences and open up a new arts space.

You’ll also benefit from lots of support from us and other creatives- see below details.

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How To
Take Part

WAF is an open access arts festival. Anyone can get involved. Here's how...

1) Creatives express your interest here. You can do this until December 31.  

This will means we can support you in your planning - ie help you find a venue,  alert you to any date clashes, and suggest mutually beneficial partnerships where appropriate. Please note, by expressing your interest you are not automatically registering to take part in WAF. This needs to be done separately after December 1.

If you are a venue interested in hosting an activity or event, register your details on the venues section here.

2) Find and secure a venue. You will also need to confirm a date and time directly with the venue.

3) Pay to register your event. Registrations are open between December 1 and February 2. You must have uploaded your copy and images by this time. Please note we have an early bird offer of £5 off registrations completed by midday December 21.

Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of the page as soon as possible to stay in touch with key dates and information.

Finding a venue

If you are an artist looking for a venue, please visit the venues section to see the venues that have expressed interest in hosting Wandsworth Arts Fringe activity. You must secure a venue, date and time for your event before you complete the registration process.

Using outdoor spaces

If you would like to use a park or green space you will need permission from Enable Event Management and may also need a Temporary Event Notice from Wandsworth Council. It is important that you flag this intention up with us first in your Expression of Interest so that we can direct you to the right people and in good time: make sure to tell us what park or green space you want to use as well as the size and nature of your event. Please note that charges normally apply. See here for more information but do not make an application until you have heard back from us after submitting your Expression of Interest.

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Small grants are available to support the realisation of ideas.

Registration and fee

Register via At this point you will need to pay the registration fee of £40/£45 (see below) and give the contact details of the person who will be responsible for managing your event/activity listing in the Wandsworth Arts Fringe programme. These contact details are not made publicly available and you do not have to complete all the details for your event or activity at this stage.

Before you can register you will need to create an account (you will find the link on the top right side of the website).

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Your listing

You must complete your listing before registration closes. The copy and images you upload will be used to create your listing in the Fringe publicity material. These must be submitted no later than the registration deadline of midnight Friday 2 February 20018.

Please refer to the online steps when uploading your listing information – in particular character length and image size.

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Website Listing Images

These are square and need to be uploaded at a size of minimum 1,000px by 1,000px. If you do not upload a square image we will crop it square.

Printed Programme listing images

Images for printing in the listings are rectangular and need to be uploaded at 58mm wide by 35mm deep at a minimum of 300dpi – so if you work in pixels the optimum size is
685px x 413px. If you do not upload an image of the correct size we will crop it to fit.

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Networking, support and guidance

A series of networking sessions will be held at different venues around the borough in the lead up to the registration deadline and festival dates. These are for you to meet the WAF team as well as to make new connections with other participants and venues so that you can share ideas, resources and publicity and get the most out of taking part.

In addition we offer online toolkits and guidance, and a 1-1 clinic session for more specific advice on realising your ideas and fundraising, including making an application to our grant scheme.


Weds 17 January, 6pm – Cormani Room, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA 

How to market (and evaluate) your event

Guest speakers: Ellie Blackshaw (Blackshaw Theatre), Rebecca Usher (Marketing Coordinator, Theatre 503).

Weds 21 March, 6pm – venue TBC

Brochure Launch + spotlight on PR

Guest speakers: David Burns (PR), Jason Rosam (Journalist at BBC London and Wandsworth Radio Chair)

Thurs 21 June, 7pm – venue TBC

Practice sharing: what have we learnt this year?

Come and tell us about your experience this year and hear from festival organisers Cath Mattos and Lelia Greci. And don’t leave until we’ve had a drink together! 

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Publicising your event

What we do

We offer a range of support to help you realise your Wandsworth Arts Fringe event, including networking opportunities, 1-1 advice sessions, brokering, funding

  • Include your listing in print material – 20,000 copies distributed locally and throughout London
  • Promote your listing on
  • Promote the Fringe as a whole with a comprehensive marketing campaign
  • Provide a marketing and press toolkit  for you to market your own event
  • Provide other opportunities for audience development and the launch event

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The registration payment must be received before listings can be included either the printed festival programme or on the website.

A registration refund can be given until midnight 2 February 2018. No refunds can be given after this date. We will not offer refunds for listings with incorrect information.


WAF reserves the right to exclude any event which may be considered offensive or risk legal action being brought.

WAF reserves the right to correct spelling and grammar and to edit event descriptions to fit the style guide.

Images should be of a high quality. Where images are not of a high enough quality, enable arts will use a default image. See our section on images for more information.

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