Keep it Free



Love Walthamstow Garden Party? Help keep it free.

For the past three years, over 30,000 people have gathered to celebrate the communities and creativity of Waltham Forest and enjoy performances from leading international artists.

Last year you contributed over £7000 that has been invested directly into the festival, supporting the local organisations on Fellowship Island.

We believe the arts should be accessible to all and want the festival to continue being free for everyone to attend. To do this we’re asking the people who enjoy the festival to give what they can to help us invest in local artists and organisations, carry on attracting the best talent from around the globe and to keep the festival free for all.

All proceeds will go towards investing in the future of the festival. Please give what you can.

The Barbican Centre Trust Ltd, registered charity no. 294282, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

FAQs

Why are we asking for donations?

Since the first festival in 2014, Walthamstow Garden Party has been hugely successful, attracting audience of over 30,000 people each year and investing in the best local and international talent.

Putting on a festival is an expensive undertaking and we want to ensure we can continue to keep the festival free and accessible for all. To do this we’re asking the people who enjoy the festival to give what they can to so we can keep it free, continue to invest in local artists and organisations, and carry on attracting the best talent locally and from around the globe.

What will donations be spent on?

All donations will be held in a fund administered by festival producers the Barbican and Create (two not-for-profit organisations). This fund will be entirely invested in the Walthamstow Garden Party for future years, including supporting the involvement of local artists, groups and organisations. Last year over £7000 was raised at the festival, with donations invested directly into the festival, supporting the local organisations on Fellowship Island.

In 2016 over 70 local arts organisations, businesses & community groups, were involved in the event with more than 1,000 people taking part across the weekend, including performances from more than 460 young people. This local offer is at the heart of the event and this fund will help ensure we can continue investing in Waltham Forest artists and organisations.

What if I can’t afford to donate?

This campaign is about ensuring that the festival is open to all, whatever your circumstances, so there is absolutely no obligation or pressure for you to donate. We’re just asking those that can afford it to give what they can to so that we can keep the festival free for everyone. 

Image © Gar Powell-Evans