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What we do

For three weeks each summer, we burst open the City of London’s extraordinary places and spaces to present a wide-ranging programme of handpicked artists from across the globe. With everything from comedy to classical, circus to cabaret, we’ve been cramming the square mile with top-class culture since 1962. 

We strive to exceed expectations and every year host over 200 events in over 50 incredible venues, from the London Symphony Orchestra in St Paul's Cathedral to intimate chamber recitals in the City's beautiful hidden livery halls. We've squeezed singers in skyscrapers, jazz bands in banks and even put death defying circus in an inflatable Bowler Hat! You may know the City – but not like this.

We're proud of our commitment to commissioning and programming cutting edge new work alongside renowned international performers. We also work hard to deliver a year-round programme of arts projects in local schools and community groups. These projects culminate in public performances and exhibitions during the Festival; one of these is our annual Children’s Parade in which this year 1,000 children kick off the Festival celebrations by storming through the City streets with impressive costumes and artwork.

Whether you work here, live here or are up for something different, the City of London Festival is for YOU…

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City of London Festival policies and procedures

City of London Festival is run by the registered charity, The City Arts Trust Limited. The City Arts Trust Limited is an honest and ethical company, with policies in place to ensure good governance. Please see the documents below:

City Arts Trust Limited ethics policy

City Arts Trust Limited environmental policy

City of London Festival child protection policy

City of London Festival guidelines for working with young people

City of London Festival

City of London Festival is run by The City Arts Trust Limited, registered charity no. 204828.

Company registered in England no. 716035.

Registered office: Fitz Eylwin House, 25 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2BP. VAT registration no. 244181478

The City of London Corporation is the principal funder of The City Arts Trust Limited

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