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“Proud to sponsor Waterloo Festival

According to Bauer Media 30% of shoppers say they’re shopping purely for entertainment’s sake in lockdown. How silly when Waterloo Festival could provide just as much fun. (That’s a money-back guarantee by the way.) Read on!

Your last chance to be a part of something truly special

Imagine you’re walking down a street in Tribeca, New York. You spot a door marked THE DREAM HOUSE. Intrigued, you enter and find yourself in an apartment bathed in light and music. Created in 1993 by Modernist composer and Jazz musician La Monte Young and his partner, the artist Marian Zazeela, “The Dream House” is a multi-sensory sound experience. While we wait for someone to recreate this in Waterloo, performance artist Rita Says and The Jerico Orchestra are planning a multi-voice performance of “Composition 1960 Number 7” by La Monte Young which was sung continuously in The Dream House for a whole year. You only have until today to record yourself singing one note for three minutes and you’ll be included in this unique performance, organised specially for Waterloo Festival.

Waterloo wonders for London History Day

This Sunday, 31st May is London History Day, an annual celebration of what makes London unique. Launched and run by Historic England since 2017, this year the focus is on stories of Londoners’ resilience. St John’s Waterloo and Waterloo Festival are getting involved and we’d like to invite all our newsletter readers to join in too - either by retweeting and liking our tweets or posting your own stories. We’ll be sharing the Festival’s history and heritage content on social media using #LondonHistoryDay and we’re delighted to announce that Waterloo Festival will be listed on Historic England’s special webpages as an important resource that people will be encouraged to explore. Get posting partners!

Heritage rests for no-one

If the basement pump failed, the National Theatre’s subterranean levels would be under water within 24 hours. When we think of key workers, we think of doctors, nurses, posties, binmen and teachers. But what about those who have to keep our heritage spaces ticking over? We asked Kieron Lillis, Facilities Manager at the National Theatre, to tell us a little more about caring for an iconic building when there’s no-one else around. Masks and wellies? Perish the thought!

 

Ear to the ground

Yes, we’re still talking about press freedom because it is just that important. Even more so after the chaotic few days we’ve had in British politics. This week Alessandra Galloni, Global Managing Editor for Reuters, gives us the inside story on running an organisation that produces three million news items a year from 200 bureaus around the world. (But does it have its ear to the ground in Waterloo I wonder? Ed.)

Reloading the canon

Astonishingly, around 95% of concerts around the world include a programme made up of only male composers. Surveys across the UK and US show that music composed by women is only included in about 1.5 - 1.8% of performances. We asked Dan Shilladay of Nonesuch Orchestra to tell us more about his endeavour to get female composers heard. Make that LOUD and CLEAR Dan!

An Impermanent Fixture

Funny how temporary uses of spaces awaiting redevelopment often end up becoming permanent fixtures. (Camden Lock market was meant to be only a “meanwhile use”.) In 2015 an abandoned building just off The Cut was lovingly transformed into Platform Southwark: gallery, rehearsal space, co-working offices and artist studios. Not knowing when they might be kicked out, the team behind this great initiative have always been pretty cool about taking things day by day. Maybe that’s why they once allowed an artist to bring five tonnes of soil into the gallery to create an “esoteric lunar landscape”. Who are these people? Find out.

Watch this space

Each year for Waterloo Festival we plan an outdoor exhibition in St John’s beautiful churchyard. For 2020 we’d planned an ambitious installation with Coin Street Community Builders over 50s art group. Instead, we’re installing the artists themselves, one-by-one, online. First up: Katerina Jugati.

The art of volunteering

St John’s Waterloo has just become the official drop-off point for non-perishable food for Waterloo Foodbank and non-food items for Look Ahead, an organisation caring for up to 130 people who have recently been made homeless through losing their jobs because of the pandemic. Wednesdays 2- 5pm. Click here to see what you could do and remember, we’re all in this #TogetherWaterloo.

Now it’s your turn!

The Waterloo Festival website will be continually updated with new content between now and the end of June. Anyone who has ideas for contributions please email us - we want to hear from you!
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