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Havering Arts Festival 2021 - another virtual arts festival

This would have been the seventh 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. With life still affected by the pandemic, there are few physical events in place.  We are hopeful that we will be able to to run a more 'normal' festival in summer 2022, but meantime we continue in the virtual space.

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 - aiming for 2022

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 2022 and early plans are in progress..

BCTC Festival 2021 - cancelled - aiming to run in September 2022

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 open art exhibitions still running in the virtual world!

The annual art exhibition provided an exciting opportunity for Havering’s talented visual artists to exhibit their works and incorporated the Havering Over-60s’ Art Competition, plus Young Artists (up to 25) and Open Best in Exhibition awards categories. Until the pandemic, it had been held in the foyer of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. We hope to run the physical exhibition again in 2022.

Meantime we continue with out virtual Picture Gallery which has masses of lovely artwork. Do have a browse, and if you would like to enter, send us a picture to haveringartscouncil@live.co.uk. 

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