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.

Photos of people taking part in Wandsworth Arts Fringe

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 in taking part. You can do this until December 31.  

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.

Photo of an event taking place in one of the many WAF venues

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.

Photos of WAF events taking place in outside areas such as parks

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.

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

You can have up to four images for your event's listing on the WAF website.

Your image MUST be the correct dimensions or it will be rejected. You can only upload .jpg or .png files.

Image dimensions for the wesite are 500pixels wide x 500 pixels deep.

Printed Programme listing images

We need ONE high res image for your event's listing in our printed programme. Your image MUST be the correct dimensions or it will be rejected. You can only upload .jpg or .png files.

Images dimensions for the printed programme are: 680pixels wide x 514 pixels deep.

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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.

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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