Join local heroes Damon Albarn, Zarah Hussain, Talvin Singh and Matthew Bourne and other world class artists to celebrate Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019, and see your work take centre stage.

Open Calls will be announced throughout the year, so back to find more soon or sign up to the London Borough of Culture newsletter to be alerted of new opportunities here.

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Do Not Worry - we need your stories about Hoe Street!

Do you have a story about Hoe Street? We need you! As part of Waltham Forest Tours, artists Janek Turkowski and Iwona Nowacka will soon be filming Do Not Worry, a film celebrating Waltham Forest’s little known history as the home of silent cinema. As part of the project, they want to meet people and hear their stories about Hoe Street in Walthamstow.

If you have a tale to tell or connection to the street – big or small – please drop in to One Hoe Street on 17 July from 5-7pm or email for more detail.

Waltham Forest Mela

Returning refreshed and redefined for Waltham Forest’s London Borough of Culture year, Waltham Forest Mela will take place on 4 August in Leyton Jubilee Park from 2-9pm. 

Our brand-new second stage will host the ever-popular fashion show as well as music, dance and spoken word.
The fashion show is a central point of Waltham Forest Mela, and grows in popularity every  year, and this year is no different.

Are you a budding fashion designer, artist or creative who would like to be involved? We are looking for fabulous fashionistas from all cultures and backgrounds to get stuck in. You could be a designer, a budding model, a make-up artist, hairdresser or stylist.

Registration closes on Thursday 25 July.

Would you like to perform at Chingfest 2019?

Join us at the end of the summer holidays when Ridgeway Park is transformed into Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019, very own free, family music festival.

This year we want to celebrate the young homegrown talent of Waltham Forest! If you are a dancer, singer, spoken word artist, rapper, MC, comedian, performer or anything in between this is for you.

You can be in for a chance to perform a 15 minute set at Chingfest on the Sunday 31 August 2019 in the Eastside Tent, and the winners will receive a £150 prize. 

Rules of competition entry:

- We will be selecting two winners, one 11-15 year old and one 16-18 year old.

- If part of a group performance, the maximum number per group is three participants. All videos must be uploaded on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to be considered. 

- If you’re unable to upload to the main social media platforms please send us the video via WeTransfer to

- Participants must reside in the Borough of Waltham Forest 

- Videos must be no longer than 60 seconds.

- All videos must be appropriate for all audiences and shall not contain offensive lyrics in any language including but not limited to: obscenities, racial, ethnic or sexual slurs, violence advocacy, etc.

- To ensure your video is eligible you must tag @wfculture19 and hashtag #ChooseMeChingfest  

- Competition will begin on Friday 19 July 12noon, and close on Friday 2 August 12am, any videos received outside of this time-frame will not be included within the selection.

- Participant would need to be available for Chingfest on Saturday 31 August from 12noon until approximately 5pm.

Please note: Participants under 18 must have parental consent to take part in the competition, if successful a signed consent form from your parent/career or guardian will be required 

- The winners will be announced week commencing 19 August.