About WAF

The treasure trove of creativity that is Wandsworth Arts Fringe bursts into Wandsworth for two weeks in June, shaking up South West London with an eclectic programme of arts and 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. 

In 2020, WAF was transformed into WAF In Your Living Room, a digital festival showcasing 250 artists across 130 digital events that reached over 30,000 homes, and delivered creative activity packs to 2,100 local families. 

Originally introduced in 2018 as a provision for housebound audiences, WAF In Your Living Room 2020, opened up WAF to more people than ever before. 

Building on the incredible success of WAF In Your Living Room, WAF returned in 2021 with London's first hybrid arts festival, presenting a ground-breaking programme of digital, live and hybrid events. 

It is from our longstanding commitment to champion artists and help make their work accessible to as many art-lovers as possible that this important strand of the festival continues into 2023. 

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. 

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.

Read what some of our previous participants say about their involvement with WAF:

“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)

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