Dreaming Bird

Connecting with the Festival’s birds and birdsong theme, artists Fiona Edwards and Alice Lodge invite the public to work with recyclable waste generated by the City of London and provided by the City’s Waste Transfer Unit to create two giant bird sculptures: an emu – a flightless bird, native to Australia - in Paternoster Square; and a Bower Bird – one of nature’s most intriguing collectors and recyclers - in Cabot Square, Canary Wharf. The birds will be created over two days of workshops in each location, offering participants a chance to discover more about native Pacific birdlife.


The Worshipful Company of Founders and City of London Festival have brought the history and practice of foundry into secondary schools for a fourth year. Led by sculptor and former Royal Mint worker Danuta Solowiej, secondary students have taken design inspiration from animals and insects of Australia, to realise a bronze double-sided medal. These finished pieces, alongside outcomes from the Festival’s jewellery project are exhibited in Pacifica at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

Supported by The Worshipful Company of Founders

Festival Arts Award

An additional part of the foundry project, students have designed a City of London Festival 2011 arts award medal, double-sided and cast in bronze and presented to several students across various education projects to acknowledge and encourage their outstanding dedication, progress and quality of work.

Supported by The Worshipful Company of Founders

A 15-Piano Salute to Grainger

The Running Pianist

Australian composer Percy Grainger and his music has a strong presence in the 2011 programme. In tribute to the body of work this fascinating composer wrote for multiple-piano performance, young musicians from Centre for Young Musicians and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama will prepare and present an ambitious programme bringing together 15 pianos. The resulting, hour-long presentation will move between three sites taking the audience on a journey through the creations, and the life, of this quirky composer. Meeting point at the northside of the Millenium Bridge.

Festival Children's Parade

1,000 young people from across London come together in the City’s streets to present vibrant art, sculpture, puppetry, dance and music inspired by our 2011 theme of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Route includes: Guildhall Yard, Cheapside, Watling Street, Queen Victoria Street, Paternoster Square, St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard (visit www.colf.org for full route details) The culmination of two Festival Education projects form a centrepiece for the Procession; Oceania: Voyages and Discoveries and our work in partnership with Border Crossings, exploring Maori heritage.

Supported by the City Bridge Trust

Maori HeritageMaori Heritage

Primary students explored movement and music, including the unique poi and the importance of the concept of house and home. Older secondary students learnt about the protocols surrounding the waka (a Maori war canoe). All groups presented a creative response within our 2011 Festival Procession

In partnership with Border Crossings

Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund


Oceania: Voyages and DiscoveriesOceania: Voyages and Discoveries

The new pieces were presented during our late-night opening Chorus at Dusk on 27 June in the Guildhall Yard, and our Festival Procession on 1 July, before being displayed in St Mary-le-Bow for the remainder of the Festival, by kind permission of the Rector.

Supported by the City Bridge Trust



Guided by artists Victoria Turnbull, Rachel Owens and Satoko Fujishiro participants from Southwark, Tower Hamlets, and Islington explored the plentiful bird-life of the City of London, whilst developing drawing, printing and 3D art techniques. A key part of the project offered more experienced members of the groups the chance to take the lead on sections of the work and exhibition design.

The two generations worked together both in school, in local community centres and in the City gardens themselves to create unique pieces of art for presentation in three open spaces across the Square Mile.

Supported by City Bridge Trust



Each year students take thematic inspiration for their work from Festival's themes, in 2011 studying Ta Moko traditions of the Maori people, a practice of body adornment. Finished work contributes to students' academic coursework.


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