If mud, grit and deafening music isn’t your idea of a fun festival, then this summer’s return of the City of London Festival may be music to your ears. The event showcases a wide variety of music, visual arts, talks and lectures at some of the capital’s most decorated and unique locations. Having initially been founded in 1962 to rejuvenate London’s cultural vigour, the festival’s success has earned it a regular place on the city’s cultural calendar. This year it runs until July 23 and has three themes: conflict and resolution, city walls and trees.
Music-wise, there will be some world-class concerts, with St Paul’s Cathedral hosting the the likes of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner. Alongside established musicians, the festival’s continued commitment to nurturing talent will see new young artists perform a series of eight concerts in the various churches and picturesque Livery Halls.
The streets of London will be centre stage to an assortment of outdoor festivities, from circus and street theatre, to the thousand-strong children’s parade of dance and music. With well over 100 free events on offer, we can guarantee you’ll find something fun.
For everything happening, see the programme below or check out our City of London Festival listing.