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Waterloo Festival

Waterloo Festival is an annual celebration of the arts, heritage and community run by St John’s Waterloo and involving Morley College, Coin Street and many other creative bodies and individuals across the South Bank and Waterloo. Now in its 11th year, Waterloo Festival 2021 will run from 3rd May to 27th June and takes as its theme an old English word “Respair” meaning the return of hope after a period of despair. 

We are excited to share with you a range of events running as part of Waterloo Festival – that showcase the talented staff and students here at our Waterloo Centre across all departments.

With more to be annouced so keep an eye out..

Into The Light
St John’s Crypt, Mon 17 May – Sun 6 June

Morley students, tutors and alumni come together to present a spectacle of art works in the underground space of The Crypt at St. Johns Church, Waterloo.

Responding to the Festival’s theme of ‘Respair’: the return of hope after a period of despair, each artist has made work that reflects personal and wider cultural responses to the events of the past year. Work on show includes projection, film and photography, animation, light installation and digital media.

Penny Lecture: Healing the Nation – the Festival of Britain after 70 years
Waterloo Centre, 10 June 18:00-21:00

Some see the 1951 Festival of Britain as an assertion of traditional patriotic values, but Alan Powers will argue that it attempted a difficult task of looking to the past and future, and showing British people a better version of themselves in line with post-war hopes. It was a reward to the senses after years of austerity. The lecture will match the motivations of the leading creators of the Festival to their achievements, especially in the centrepiece, the South Bank exhibition, in healing a war-scarred nation looking for a new role in the world.

The Morley Chamber Orchestra: Hommage à Saint-Saëns
Waterloo Centre, 17 June 19:30-20:30

Running as part of Waterloo Festival, The Morley Chamber Orchestra commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of this French composer (1835–1921) with a concert featuring his Suite for orchestra op. 49 and the Piano Concerto no 2 op. 22.

Waterloo Festival Garden Party
St Johns Waterloo, 27 June 15:00-18:30

Traditional garden part with afternoon tea, music, dance featuring students from Morley College London. Followed by Evensong with the choir at St Johns. Join us!

With more to be annouced so keep an eye out..