Countdown to the London Borough of Culture 2019 opening event begins…

10 December 2018
Welcome to the Forest

Inspired by the year’s themes of Radicals, Makers and Fellowship, Welcome to the Forest (11 - 13 January), will be the biggest party Waltham Forest has ever seen and everyone is invited. Everyone is welcome to the forest as we celebrate the shared past, present and future of this corner of North East London that we’ve chosen to call home.

For the opening celebration, Mercury Award-winning musician Talvin Singh will collaborate with digital artists Greenaway and Greenaway and students of Leyton Sixth Form College for a striking audio-visual display telling the story of the borough through the eyes of young people.

Each evening a spectacular light projection will illuminate Waltham Forest Town Hall. They will be joined by a new commission from world-renowned electronic duo Addictive TV creating an innovative audio-visual commission sampling musicians from across Waltham Forest celebrating the borough’s rich and diverse talent.

At Lloyd Park, Nest, a 25m-wide kinetic light sculpture designed by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with composer Erland Cooper, will present an immersive audio-visual experience that brings the community together for a collective interactive experience.

The opening event will culminate in a high-octane street party curated by locally-based festival producers Continental Drifts, combining music, food and performance drawn from the diverse communities of Waltham Forest.

Welcome to the Forest is a free event that will run from 6pm – 9.30pm each evening from Friday to Sunday, and can be seen in any order. There’s no need to book, just turn up.

International in scale and ambition but telling the local stories of this place, it's time to say to the world "welcome to the forest".

For more information, please visit the London Borough of Culture website.