ArtsFest returns bigger and better with hundreds of events

Every year the Hammersmith & Fulham ArtsFest gets bigger and better.

With nine days of stimulating events, variety is the key. Family fun, dynamic music, youth culture, thought-provoking workshops, orchestral performances, drama, studio art, guided walks, comedy… the range is wider than ever in the five years the festival has been running.

Image caption: HF ArtsFest 2018 logo

The climax to the annual platform for the borough’s artistic flair is Unity Day in Ravenscourt Park on the afternoon of Sunday 10 June, where H&F’s rainbow of diversity is celebrated.

“It will showcase the amazing talent among our diverse community,” promised ArtsFest chair Petrea Owens.

One innovation this year is a focus on local disabled artists, Joy 2018, focusing particularly on people who have not previously been involved in the arts.

Many of the events are free to attend. Here are a few highlights:

Saturday 2 June

Art at Amnesty (until 9 June). Free art show in the Amnesty bookshop, 181 King Street, W6 9JT. 10am-6pm daily

Floor 2 exhibition. Free pop-up art show takes over the second floor of the Riverside Building, Winslow Road, W6 9WA, including photography and performance events, and a residents’ art show featuring the work of people in sheltered housing

Storytelling by the Cat & Hutch company, 11am and 2pm, Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ

Image caption: Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar memorial festival (and Sunday 3 June), 6-8pm, The Bhavan, 4 Castletown Road, W14 9HE

Sunday 3 June

Arts & Entertainment Afternoon, Town Hall, King Street, W6 9LE, 2-5pm. Music, dance, circus

Monday 4 June

GospelbeacH rock n roll at Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ. 7.30pm

Tuesday 5 June

Mezzo-soprano Leilani Barratt sings at Ravencourt Baptist Church, 7 Ravenscourt Road, W6 0UH. 7.30pm

Wednesday 6 June

Image caption: The Big Red Bus

Adult Education showcase of performing arts at the Macbeth Centre, Macbeth Street, W6 9JJ. 6-8pm

Youth theatre workshop, Chickenshed, Wharf Rooms, Imperial Road, SW6 2EP. 6.30-8pm

Jonas Stout’s art show, Big Red Bus, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8PH. Noon-5pm

Thursday 7 June

Free art exhibition including paintings and embroidery by community artists at the Elgin Close resource centre, 3 Elgin Close, W12 9NH. 6-8pm

Bottled Up, Lyric Studio, King Street, W6 0QL. Bittersweet drama about a fight for independence. 7pm

Saturday 9 June

Celtic Caribbean Crossings, Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Road, W6 9DT. Keith Waithe plays alongside Jacqueline Hynes. 7.30pm

Sunday 10 June

H&F Council’s Unity Day, Ravenscourt Park, noon-6.30pm

The celebration of H&F diversity features a unity tree, for displaying stories in words and pictures, music, dance, a circus and workshops.

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