Music, Art and Theatre will take over the borough during the 16-day Festival and Fringe

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The Wandsworth Arts Festival and alongside it, the Fringe 2014, are taking over the borough from tonight.

The 16-day cultural binge will showcase work from the area’s most established artists, as well as promoting its up-and-coming stars.

With more than 40 events springing up from May 2 to 18, the two events are the perfect way to get in the mood for a fabulous summer.

It all kicks-off at a launch party at Wandsworth’s Ram Brewery, where the public can meet artists and performers, and grab tasters of what’s on offer over the coming days.

Theatres and amateur dramatic companies across the borough will be bursting into life, with quirky and impactual performances.

Students at Roehampton University’s Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance have been working with a host of artists to develop acts for the festival.

The free performances include readings, musical numbers, and a dramatic piece to commemorate the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

The university is putting on a different show every day of the festival.

Another highlight to look out for will be the Putney Light Operatic Society’s Loserville, a unique musical part-created by James Bourne of the teen-band Busted.

Set in a 1970s American college, Loserville tells the story of a group of sci-fi obsessed friends and their mission to change the course of history, fashion and dating.

The high-energy production will hit the stage at the Putney Arts Centre between May 7 and May 10, following a successful run in London’s West End.

For those looking to do something more hands-on, you can have a stab a wood-sculpting with the Furzedown Oak Community Project.

Members of the public are invited to dig in and make their own wooden spoons to take home.

Based at 91-93 Moyser Road in Furzedown, the group are building a trail of sculptures across the town, which will be carved out of American Red Oak’s that had to be felled last year.


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