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Our story: festival season in Nine Elms


Published on
May 16, 2018


With spring and summer on their way, Nine Elms is preparing for a procession of festivals taking place in the area throughout the next few months.

First off, the flower power of Chelsea Fringe will sprout across the area for the last week of May. All things horticulture take root once again this month across London, the UK and beyond, as the alternative garden festival returns for a seventh year.

The programme features a wonderful mixture of artworks, public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations. Chelsea Fringe at Nine Elms puts the spotlight on local community events around Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea, where gardens and horticulture have a strong heritage and continue to define the area.

Next up, we have the London Festival of Architecture taking centre stage for the month of June. Under the theme of ‘identity’, the London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2018 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across Nine Elms from photography exhibitions to workshops around digital place-making.

The vast majority of events are free, and are staged by a core festival programming team working alongside architecture and design practices and practitioners, leading cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others.

Shortly after the LFA, Art Night will put Nine Elms in the limelight on July 7th.

From 6.00pm to 6.00am, Art Night will transform the Thames riverbank with new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12 internationally renowned artists for London’s largest free contemporary arts festival.

With highlighted projects curated by the Hayward Gallery exhibitions team, Art Night will take place in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues along a trail that runs from Southbank Centre, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, and Battersea Power Station.

Oh and there’s the London Seafood Festival taking place in Battersea Power Station 20 – 24th June.

Alongside these festivals, the PROCESSIONS project is embroidering the neighbourhood with creativity and inspiration. To celebrate 100 years of votes for women, the PROCESSIONS project is taking inspiration from Charlotte Despard, a social activist and suffragist who lived and worked across Battersea, Nine Elms, and Vauxhall. Residents in Nine Elms have the opportunity to take part in workshops to prepare banners and flags and pennants for the big event on June 10th.

Likewise, the #YearOfEngineering programme launched by the government has shed a spotlight on all the wonderful engineering stories and projects in Nine Elms. We’ll be releasing videos of engineers and their stories across and our social media channels so watch this space!

So check out these festivals, the food spots and galleries in Nine Elms.

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