The treasure trove of creativity that is WAF bursts into Wandsworth for two weeks in May.
Every year, WAF shakes 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.
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 and Southside Shopping Centre. WAF is Organised by Enable Leisure and Culture.
Part of Wandsworth Council’s arts and culture programme, WAF brings together over 180 creatives in an array of nooks and crannies throughout the borough – some indoor, some outdoor, and some truly unexpected – revealing a Wandsworth you never knew existed.
The festival is emphatically inclusive and welcomes participation from artists across all art forms - including street performances, exhibitions, comedy, theatre, music, dance and everything in between. This is your opportunity to try something new, take creative risks, test new ideas and reach new audiences.
WAF also offers development support such as professional and peer advice, networking events and marketing toolkits to actively support its participants to realise their ideas to excellent standards.
Read what some of last year’s participants said 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)