7 reasons to attend POP! Festival

27 Feb – 27 March 2020

Full programme and booking details here.


POP! Festival (Portobello Open Process Festival) is a mini-festival featuring homegrown, people-powered arts happenings across and around the Portobello area.

Eight eclectic artists have been commissioned by Westway Trust to explore themes that amplify untold stories, demystify taboos, challenge perceptions and cross-generational boundaries.

Over the past six months, they have explored their creative curiosity, connected with communities, played with ideas, created stories and tested new material.

Here are 7 reasons to attend…

1. It’s free

You’ve read that right, every single event at POP! Festival is free to attend, whether indoors or outdoors.

2. Discover work in progress before anyone else

It’s all in the name: Portobello Open Process Festival. Audiences get a special preview of new work created by exciting artists. Just to give you a taster of the calibre, these include internationally renowned West-Londoner Tim Head, and Instagram sensation Bambookidd.


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🖼 🙏🏾💚 Community Art🎨: @bambookidd_ ⚡️

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3. Love after 50?

For something completely different, enter Marie Klimis’ vintage caravan for her installation piece A Love Letter. Inside you will find a series of miniature diorama boxes and sound installations to explore, built out of the love stories of the over 50’s in the Portobello area.

A Love letter, Marie Klimis, Westway

4. Moving creative tributes to Grenfell

Grenfell is at the heart of two of the works shared. Choreographer Corrie King pays homage to the ‘high-rise community’ in a new piece, XXIV (24), whose name comes from the number of floors in Grenfell Tower.

Feruza Afewerki-Abraha

After tragically losing her sister and niece in the Grenfell tragedy, Feruza Abraha-Afewerki launched Gold & Ashes, a photo-series highlighting the humanity and courage of the community. She is running a series of workshops for 13-18 year olds during January and February and hosting a day of wellbeing and storytelling activity on 7 March.


5. Music-lovers, rejoice!

Don’t miss Nick Field’s Songs that Nobody Taught Me in which he draws on the musical legacy of Portobello Road to make some surprising discoveries.

Nick Field Artist

6. You can take part

Interactive theatre company Produced Moon is planning a large scale drag king flashmob that will be powerful, playful and provocative. There’s a call for participants here if you want to get involved.

Produced moon drag king flashmob

7. Art by and for the neighbourhood

From emotional journeys to social commentary, reimagining the familiar spaces in Portobello is at the heart of several commissions. Don’t miss Aleksandra Zareba Zeltsch & Brian Okello’s joint exhibition Re-Seen & Unseen for an exploration of the Ladbroke Grove area. Meanwhile, Tim Head is creating a series of arresting murals to inspire people to “look down alleyways in different ways“.

Work in Progress: Aleksandra Zaręba-Zeltsch

Un-Seen by Bambookidd


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