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June 13th, 2018 | by Jennifer Edwards

Transforming Minds - Waterloo Festival

This year's Waterloo Festival theme is ‘Transforming Minds’.

The festival is a celebration of the past and its characters as they transformed their communities. A collaboration with Coin Street Community Builders highlights a remarkable grassroots campaign launched by residents over 30 years ago, which turned the South Bank into today’s booming neighbourhood. 

Waterloo Festival 2018 will aspire to also celebrate the present through innovative music and art. Performers include Southbank Sinfonia, with their audience-centred concerts; Royal Academy of Music students, with an evening of new protest songs, and Berakah Arts, whose concerts bridge religious and cultural divides. Artists from The London Group will be bringing outdoor sculpture into the gardens of St John's Church, and the latest moving-image art into the crypt. 

The festival hopes to influence the future by asking the right questions about issues which affect us all. Housing, community challenges and the transformative power of art will all come under the spotlight in a series of talks and debates; while urban pollution will be the subject of a ground-breaking display of ‘Living Lab’ technology. And don't miss Word Weekend , which celebrates the winners of the Waterloo Festival Writing Competition and also includes street theatre, workshops, a book fair and more.

In a period of upheaval, it’s never been more important to reflect, debate and take inspiration from others. 

Find out more about the plethora of events HERE.