Spine Festival

SPINE Festival

SPINE Festival is for children, young people and families and takes place each year in March in libraries situated at the heart of London’s communities. 2020’s festival saw over 160 events delivered across 17 London boroughs, bringing together local communitie to creatively explore the theme of ‘Our World’.

Through a varied programme of events, performances, and workshops, SPINE Festival inspires and empowers children, young people, and communities across London.

The free programme of spoken word and arts activities also features Artists in Residence specially commissioned to develop work in five boroughs, Telling Tales – a series of creative writing workshops, innovative theatre shows and hands on workshops, and Open House, a project in which participants from refugee communities creatively explore language through culture.

Libraries are creative spaces at the heart of London communities. They are free and open to all, and a great way to engage with and experience art and culture.


SPINE Festival 2020 took place in the following London boroughs:

Wandsworth ● Bexley ● Bromley ● Islington ● Lewisham ● Westminster ● Kensington and Chelsea ● Merton ● Greenwich ● Brent ● Newham ● Croydon ● Southwark ● Hammersmith and Fulham ● Tower Hamlets ● Ealing ● Sutton

Each year, SPINE Festival also offers a host of activities specifically for local school and community groups.


Produced by Apples and Snakes in partnership with library authorities across London. Photos: Suzi Corker

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