Who We Are

Walthamstow Garden Party is presented by the Barbican, Create London, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture and local residents. It’s a free two day global festival made locally, celebrating and powered by the incredible creativity of Waltham Forest, London’s first Borough of Culture.

The Barbican

Louise Jeffreys, Artistic Director at the Barbican, said: "This year’s Walthamstow Garden Party is a special and important one. Not only are we celebrating Waltham Forest being London’s first ever Borough of Culture, but we celebrate six fabulous years working in the borough, supporting an inspiring network of local organisations and residents to work together to co-create this truly unique event. We are incredibly proud of what we have built together and can’t wait to share it with you again."

The Barbican is a world-class arts and learning organisation in the heart of The City presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. Committed to ‘arts without boundaries’ the Barbican offers over 50,000 discounted tickets for as little as £5 to 14-25 year olds through its Young Barbican scheme.

At Walthamstow Garden Party, the Barbican continues to build on its history of programming and partnerships with artists and organisations in east London. 

Visit the Barbican 


Hadrian Garrard, Director of Create London, said: "This is always one of our favourite weekends of the year. It's such a joy to see this local festival flourish and grow from year to year, especially as it becomes more and more locally owned and run. When we first started Walthamstow Garden Party with the Barbican in 2014, we could only have dreamed it would be the festival it is now. Events like this, which bring communities together are of increasing importance in London and we are proud to be a part of this story." 

Create exists to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. It helps artists to connect more closely with communities through an ambitious programme of projects.

Create's work is primarily focused in east London, home to more artists and art organisations than anywhere in Europe.

Visit Create 

Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019

Councillor Clare Coghill, leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: "Waltham Forest Council is delighted to be working with Barbican and Create London for the sixth consecutive year to deliver the Walthamstow Garden Party, a highlight of our London Borough of Culture 2019 year. The Walthamstow Garden Party embodies our themes for this year – Radicals, Makers and Fellowship – bringing together an immense diverse network of Waltham Forest artists, community groups, residents and businesses to deliver a weekend that truly celebrates the best that our borough has to offer."

Waltham Forest is the first ever London Borough of Culture. The award from the Mayor of London will ensure arts and culture is placed at the heart of our communities. The year will explore the theme Radicals, Makers and Fellowship in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives producing events, workshops and activities celebrating the borough.  

Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 will highlight the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, in a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here

Visit Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019



Walthamstow Garden Party is made possible by the amazing talent, commitment and enthusiasm and hard work of all the local artists, groups, organisations and businesses that get involved. Meet our collaborators for 2019:

Appetite Food Market


Auntie Maureen


Benji Davies

Blackhorse Arts


Cat & Hutch 

Chapel End Early Years

Choir 17

Create Jobs

Citizen Helene

Curious Wilds

Dave Congreve

Dear World

Delyth Taylor

Drum Works

E17 Arts Trail

E17 Designers

East of Eden

Eastern Front Soundsystem


Ewan Pearson

Forest Poets

Forest Recycling Project

Friends of Lloyd Park

Greenleaf Primary School

Greenpeace Waltham Forest

Hedge Herbs


Justin Robertson

Layla Rosa

Legends of the Forest

Leyton College

Leyton Orient Football Club

Lloyd Skate Park Jam

London College of Fashion


Meet Your Park People

Middlesex University Muslim Cultural Forum

Natural Voices



Pete Fowler

Perky Blenders

Raising the Funking Bar

Raw Academy

Real Food Festival

Samantha Blackburn

Scribble & Smudge

Soul Picnic

Skate Park Users Group

Stories & Supper


Tell Tails

The Lloyd Park Centre

The Make Escape

The Mill

Turning Earth

The Three Valleys Male Voice Choir

This is Rubbish

Urban Flames

Waltham Forest Flames

Waltham Forest Muslim Cultural Forum

Walthamstow Toy Library and Play Centre

We Can Be Hereos 

Wild Card Brewery

William Morris Gallery

You Should Be Dancing

X7eaven Academy


Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2015 and 2018, ACE plans to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. 

Keep it Free

Last year you contributed £9,579 in donations over the weekend- through cash donations and through the reusable cup scheme. Along with £10,713.69 in contributions from local businesses involved in the event. This contribution has been invested into this year’s festival to support local organisations to develop areas of Walthamstow Garden Party
Find out more here.

Image credits © Gar Powell-Evans