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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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


Over 24 hours of the 2019 Summer Solstice, the airwaves over the treetops of Epping Forest will crackle with the sound of the people of London.

A 24 radio station set up in the Tudor timbers of the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge in Chingford will house the transmitter for the broadcast of sounds recorded and sent in by the people of the Forest, London and beyond.

We welcome anyone to send in whatever they like for broadcast, so that alongside household names we're looking for school children, grandparents, bedroom musicians, poets, music of all styles, from grime to opera to someone's Granddad playing the piano to someone singing in the bath. 

Want to submit a piece for broadcast? Please email The Dark Outside team.