Whether you’re a professional artist, arts organisation, school or community group, a fringe veteran or a first timer who wants to try a new idea, get involved in Wandsworth's annual arts extravaganza!
Wandsworth Arts Fringe is an open-access festival, which means that no matter who you are or where you come from, everyone is welcome!
Unlike other arts festivals, no-one’s in charge of deciding which shows get to take part. We don't have curators or programmers, and there are no themes or content criteria that artists have to fulfil when registering their show. Anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host them is invited to register.
WAF is an opportunity to test new ideas, showcase your work, attract new audiences, and open up new arts spaces. You’ll also benefit from lots of support from us and other creatives.
We support you with:
If you are a venue in Wandsworth and are interested in hosting events and activities as part of WAF, or are keen to find out more about being a hub venue, then get in touch with Cath Mattos.
As a venue manager in Wandsworth you can create, claim and edit a venue to be featured in our WAF Venue Directory.
How to register your venue:
If you would like to edit any details after claiming your venue, you will find it all in your My Fringe account.
Filling out an Expression of Interest form is a non-committal way of telling us your plans and letting us know if you need any help or advice.
2. Find and secure a venue, or decide on a digital platform.
3. Register your event to be part of WAF 2024.
Registration opens: Mon 4 December 2023
Expressions of interest close: Thu 14 December 2023
Early bird registration closes: Thu 11 January 2024, 5pm
Final registration and copy deadline: Fri 16 February 2024, 5pm
WAF festival dates: Fri 7 to Sun 23 June 2024
We are open to live projects in venues, parks, community estates and the high street, as well as digital projects.
Securing the right venue or digital platform is one of the most important decisions you will make.
Have a look at our Venue Directory to get an idea of the venues available in Wandsworth for the festival. You will need to confirm a date and time directly with the venue.
Read our Venue Information Pack for helpful guidance on choosing the right venue for your event.
If you would like to use a park or green space you will need to email Lucy Murray in the first instance so we can guide you through the process of getting permission from Enable Event Management or Wandsworth Housing Department, depending on which site you are hoping to use.
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. You may also need a Temporary Event Notice from Wandsworth Council.
Before you can register your event to be part of the festival, you will need to create an account in My Fringe and pay the correct registration fee. Registrations open Wednesday 6 December 2023.
There are 3 types of registration:
- Single-venue Live (in-person) events: £45 (early bird £35)
- Multi-venue Live (in-person) events: £75 (early bird £60) – up to 10 venues possible for touring the same event.
- Online / Do-It-At-Home events £40 (early bird £30)
(All prices are inclusive of VAT.)
We offer 50% off for artists under 26 or for artist collectives with over half of their members aged under 26.
If your project is multi-faceted, for instance it includes a workshop, a live event, an exhibition and a film, please DO NOT register it as a multi-venue event. Get in touch with WAF Producer Cath Mattos who will advise you on the best way to register those events indivdiually as part of the same project in a cost-effective way.
Wandsworth Council led events should contact Programme & Partnerships Manager Lucy Murray about their event for support with the registration process.
You must complete your listing text and upload your images to complete registration by Friday 16 February 2024.
Note: If you would like to go back in and edit any details after registration you can do so in your My Fringe account. However, after 16 February, we will lock key details which affect ticketing, and you will need to contact us to amend dates, times, venue, presenter name, event name, prices and offers.
Each year, the WAF Grant scheme awards up to £2000 to artists, to support the realisation of creative projects that enagage meaningfully with Wandsworth communities and meet our strategic aims.
WAF Grants applications for WAF 2024 closed on Friday 27 October, 12pm.
To complete your listing, you must upload the following information through your My Fringe account:
A picture says a thousand words, so make sure your image choices are engaging and reflect the content of your event. Your images must be the correct specifications below or they will be rejected.
Guidelines for all images:
We hold a series of information and development sessions 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 so that you can share ideas, resources and publicity, and get the most out of taking part.
If you are thinking about getting involved or have an idea that you may want to develop then we would love to meet you, so come along!
We also 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.
Our WAF ticketing partner is SeatLive and they use a ticketing system called Red61, we sell the tickets centrally through our website.
SeatLive take a 12% inside commission fee for each ticketed event, that you need to factor in when setting your ticket price (free for ticketed free events). The fee will be deducted when they complete their settlement to you, and settlements should happen within 3 weeks of the end of WAF. They will also charge a small per transaction booking fee to the ticket booker (also free for ticketed free events).
In your WAF registration form you will be asked the Ticket Allocation you would like WAF/SeatLive to sell on your behalf. Make this a realistic figure, it can be less than the room capacity - but it cannot be more than the room capacity.
We have WAF ticket offers that you can opt in to on the registration form, and you can also create your own ticket offers.
We offer a range of support to help you realise your Wandsworth Arts Fringe event and engage audiences and participants, including: