Waterloo Festival 2017

Published by Giles Goddard on Wed, 3 May 2017 13:14
Vicar's Blog

We live in a fast changing world. The question of what gives a place its unique character has never been more important. This year's Waterloo Festival, which runs throughout June 2017, takes as its theme 'sacred spaces' and asks - what makes a space sacred?


Photographer Richard Slater explores the question in a stunning, month-long exhibition of London's religious spaces. Acclaimed sculptor Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva's remarkable installations will transform the spaces in in the crypt of St John's. To complement the shows, Endangered Spaces invites audiences to join a discussion on Christian-Muslim relations today. It's never been more important to air positive hopes for our shared future.


Fresh visions continue with an immersive, one-day Eco-Poetry Festival, Writing on the Wall, curated by by the ground-breaking poet Jay Ramsay, with a focus on the environment. Can poetry save the planet? There will also be new poetry by local poets Southwark Stanza, including a specially commissioned poem by Seamus Heaney Prizewinner Kate Miller.


Sacred space takes on a new dimension on June 16th, with our first-ever sustainableFlower Festival. Expect a transformed St John’s, filled with flower stations fashioned by renowned florists. Meanwhile, the Rambert Dance Company andVoices of Waterloo perform specially commissioned works; the latter commemorating the women who, legend has it, rebuilt the Waterloo Bridge.


At the heart of the Festival is, of course, music. St John's has long been known as the place to catch fresh new musical talent. This year our roster of performers is more exciting than ever. And we have a radical new approach to concerts by the Southbank Sinfonia, inviting you to be surrounded by the orchestra as they play Bruckner’s 4th Symphony.


Tickets can be purchased online, and many events are free. We look forward to welcoming you!

Giles Goddard
Festival Chair

Image credits: