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.

You can also apply for Make it Happen grants for new arts and cultural activity to take place during 2019. Find out more here

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Chingford May Day Fayre 

An amazing celebration is coming to Chingford Plain! Chingford May Day Fayre is just around the corner, so make sure you get involved with the following opportunities:

May Day Marathon Makers Month 
Throughout April, we are asking for people to come along to our public workshops to make everything from bunting, to kindling, to fear faces. There are various public workshops happening throughout Chingford where people can drop in and help us make brilliantly unique collateral for an equally as unique event!

Come and meet your neighbours, and get crafty! It's entirely free to drop in and all materials will be provided. Find out more here, and share!

Performers, Movers and Shakers
During the May Day Fayre, there will be many opportunities for people to perform and get involved. We’re looking for performative hosts, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, EVERYONE to join us to entertain the thousands of residents on the Plains.

Are you a musician, poet, performer or just want to get involved? Sign up here.

Bicycle Ballet

The Bicycle Ballet company creates exhilarating outdoor dance performances on bikes, exploring the joyful highs and gritty lows of cycling. We're looking for performers on bicycles (no prior dance experience necessary) to join Bicycle Ballet in thrilling and unique performances on bikes at Chingford May Day Fayre! There are three options for involvement either clowning around with ‘Strictly Cycling’, poignant performances to celebrate freedom for women with ‘Blazing Saddles’ or creating Red Arrows styles formations with ‘The Mass’. All the choreographies fuse dance and physical theatre with visual spectacle, comedy and striking soundtracks.

If you can ride a bike and would you like to try your pedals at bicycle ballet? Sign up here. 


London’s urban woodland: The People’s Forest 

Epping Forest – London’s urban woodland – touches every corner of Waltham Forest, from Leyton in the South to Chingford in the North. Explore the complexity of our human relationship to the forest and the myriad of meanings that we place upon woodlands in this year-long programme of events.

The Willowherb Review are seeking four writers of colour (novice or published author) to create a range of exceptional, original, previously unpublished work; non-fiction, poetry or short fiction for each of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer and autumn).

More information

Deadline: 26 April 2019

Walthamstow Garden Party 2019

We're delighted to say that the Walthamstow Garden Party will be returning to Lloyd Park for a sixth year on the 13 and 14 of July 2019. 

There are lots of different ways to get involved in this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party, both in the run up and across the weekend itself. Whether you're an artist, a maker, a trader or an organisation find details of ways to get involved below.

Become a Legend of the Forest
By becoming a Legend of the Forest, you'll be able to help out at this year's Walthamstow Garden Party (plus, many more events happening throughout 2019!). Sign up to be a Legend here.

Glittering Plains
Electronic17 are looking for young electronic music DJs (18-25 years old) from Waltham Forest and young volunteers for the festival weekend looking for marketing and event management experience. To find out more, email Electronic17.

Art for All
We are teaming up with our friends over at Walthamstow Toy Library to launch an open call for this year's family friendly Art for All area. We are looking for activities/performance/workshops and more with a focus for under 7s. Please let us know if you have and idea and would like to be involved by filling in this form

News from Nowhere
There is currently an open call for the News from Nowhere stage and pop-up programme, looking for participatory performance in all shapes and forms. To submit your project please fill out this form.

Real Food Festival
Are you looking to be part of the Real Food Festival line up? Register your interest here.

If you have any questions about getting involved at this year's Walthamstow Garden Party, or are interested in sponsoring, please email