Today we welcome the launch of VAULT Festival 2019, one of the largest curated arts festivals in the world; featuring the best in comedy, theatre, cabaret and immersive experiences.
Representing all of London with the best of London, more than 400 shows will head to Waterloo from 23rd January to 17th March.
Announcing their “biggest, boldest, bravest programme yet”, this exciting and diverse programme features shows from more than 2,000 artists, with 53% of work being female-led and 25% of work coming from LGBTQIA+ artists.
Starting in 2012 with only 25 shows and 7,000 attendees, VAULT Festival has become the fastest growing arts festival in the UK, hosting over 350 shows in 2018 and welcoming more than 70,000 audience members.
Participating venues include The Vaults (underneath Waterloo Station), the secret community space The Network Theatre, upstairs at the Horse & Stables pub, Granby Place, and the Travelling Through Bookshop on Lower Marsh. In addition Unit 9 on Leake Street will be home to a host of immersive experiences, and pop-up venues will complement the festival including a new craft beer bar.
VAULT Festival supports two charities this year: Child.org and Help Refugees. In addition, its partnership continues with WeAreWaterloo, supporting the local community with a range of initatives aimed at residents and under-25s. The Festival is also expanding its engagement with SURGE, a new and exciting programme of cross-arts projects, working with schools on outreach performances and workshops.
Writers are not forgotten, either, as leading theatre publisher and performing arts agent Nick Hern Books have supported a VAULT Festival New Writers Programme: an 8-week practical writing course for prospective writers of any age, culminating in a public showcase of writing for the stage in the final week of the festival.
With theatre, comedy, family fun and late events, there is something for everyone at VAULT Festival. The full programme and tickets for all shows are available at vaultfestival.com, 020 8050 9241 and in person at The Vaults box office from 5:30pm during festival opening dates. Prices vary, ticketed events from £5.