Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Wandsworth Arts Fringe bursts into life for 17 brilliant days each June, shaking up South West London with an eclectic programme of arts & culture that thrills, moves and inspires audiences from across the city.

WAF is an open access arts festival. There is no selection process so everyone can jump on board!

Since 2010, WAF has brought together hundreds of creatives in a bold and boundary pushing annual line-up of cutting-edge theatre and comedy, exquisite music concerts, art exhibitions, experimental performance art, outdoor art extravaganzas, and everything in between, taking place across the borough. 

WAF is emphatically inclusive and welcomes participation from artists across all art forms. We offer development support such as professional and peer advice, networking events and marketing toolkits to actively support participants to realise their ideas to excellent standards. 

WAF is dedicated to providing meaningful support to creative talent, from established arts organisations to school children, we provide a democratic platform and support network for everyone that wants to take part. 

Originally introduced in 2018 as a provision for housebound audiences, WAF In Your Living Room is WAF's digital programme strand, which aims to make work accessible to as many art-lovers as possible.

Wandsworth Arts Fringe is brought to you by Wandsworth Council, supporting the arts and culture industries across the borough. The festival is funded by Wandsworth Council and has received generous contributions from Arts Council England.

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“I wanted to say thank you for this year. It has been both challenging and rewarding for YoPro to take part in WAF and we are so grateful for your support throughout. We always felt listened to and understood, and found a really safe environment to develop our work. WAF has been a proper stepping stone in our development and we feel so lucky to have had this opportunity as emerging producers.”

Emilie Labourey, YoPro Collective

"Usually as independent dance artists one feels alone, unsupported and stuck in continuous struggle. When we're part of WAF it's the opposite. We feel part of something bigger and very well supported through the meetings, the information, the in-kind offerings and most importantly because of Cath! Her support and help and positive feedback and encouragement don't just mean the world to us, they also allow us to grow and improve."

Lucia Schweigert (Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform)

WAF 2023 Impact

Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2023 wowed Wandsworth once again, drawing an audience of over 18,000 people and showcasing the talents of more than 1,400 local artists (428) and creatives (928).

Read through our 2023 impact and learning report, which spotlights what we’ve achieved together and what we’ve learned.