Havering Arts Festival 2020? Here's a virtual arts festival instead!

This would have been the sixth year that Havering Arts Council members combined with the London Borough of Havering’s Arts Development Team, and others active in the Arts, to present the Summer Havering Arts Festival. Of course, due to the pandemic, everything planned was cancelled.  We very much hope that circumstances will allow us to run the festival in summer 2021, but meantime we have a virtual arts festival!

Havering Arts Festival Online

Presented by Havering Arts Council and Havering Arts Development, Havering Arts Festival Online will be promoting and celebrating arts and cultural activity across the borough throughout the summer. Local artists, performers and arts organisations are invited to contribute content and opportunities for people of all ages. 

Havering Drama Festival 2020 cancelled - 2021?

Alongside the Havering Arts Festival we run the longstanding Havering Drama Festival, a peripatetic festival of full-length plays. Amateur drama groups based in Havering stage productions that are judged by a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators. Feedback is given to the drama group and individual performers, and awards are presented at an Annual Gala event at Langtons House. In the main, the productions are staged between Easter and the beginning of July. We hope to run the festival again in 2021.

BCTC Festival 2020 - cancelled - aiming to run in September 2021

This Festival of one act plays was originally staged in Ilford for church youth clubs in the Diocese of Brentwood moving to St Edward's Church Hall in Romford when it was taken over by Cyril Dennis who successfully ran it, with the support of a great team of volunteers for decades until his death in 2004. The festival moved to various venues but is now settled at Brentwood Theatre, taking place in September. For more information see the Brentwood Catholic Theatre Club website

Havering 2020 open art exhibition cancelled - virtual art exhibitions and competitions are now running!

The art exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for Havering’s talented visual artists to exhibit their works and incorporates the Havering Over-60s’ Art Competition, plus Young Artists (up to 25) and Open Best in Exhibition awards categories. This year's exhibition was again to be be held in the foyer of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. We hope to run the exhibition in 2021.

But, we now have our virtual Picture Gallery and masses of lovely artworks for May and June - July is sitting in the new arts festival section. Do have a browse, and if you would like to enter, send us a picture to The competitions will be running monthly until the end of the year at least - watch our news pages for updates.

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