The City of London Festival

This summer the City of London Festival will shake up the City with a blast of culture. From 22 June to 10 July iconic spaces across the Square Mile will be animated with a dynamic programme of music, spoken word, theatre, dance and contemporary circus.

As a programme of classical music animates the City’s historic churches and livery halls, the Festival’s knock-out Jazz with a View series returns to invigorate London’s skyscrapers, while the streets and gardens of the Square Mile below buzz with free musical and acrobatic street performances. The Bowler Hat theatre, the Festival’s own performance space, will return as a pop-up venue for live music, top-class comedy, theatre, dance and circus.

Highlights of the diverse programme include two spectacular symphonic concerts in St Paul’s Cathedral, as the eminent London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performs Haydn’s The Creation (24 June), and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment gives an authentic performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (2 July). This year the Festival celebrates Singapore through a multi-arts series, including a performance from the T’ang Quartet and pianist Melvyn Tan (29 June). The Festival’s ‘Choral Capital’ initiative will return with an inspiring line-up of participatory and performance led choral events.

Embracing the creative energies of local communities, the Festival’s fleet of Street Guitars sheltered in upturned boats will reappear throughout the City for City workers, visitors and residents alike to come and strum. The inspiring Children’s Parade, the annual highlight for many, will close the festivities on 10 July.

Under the direction of Paul Gudgin, former Festival Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the 2015 indoor programme is expected to attract audiences of around 30,000. In 2014 an estimated 600,000 people attended the daily free events programme, and a similar amount are expected at this year’s Festival.


For further information please contact:
David Lasserson and Charlotte Sidwell, Brunswick Arts
T: 0207 936 1290
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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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