From 21 June – 31 August, Kensington + Chelsea Festival will bring people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.


Kensington + Chelsea Festival is co-creating a diverse programme with artists, our communities, organisations and the wealth of talent behind the scenes whose careers have been on hold over the past year. The Festival is inspired by the rich heritage, creativity, culture and innovation in Kensington and Chelsea and we are welcoming all to come and explore with us.


Kensington and Chelsea will come alive with world class public art, music, and live performances this summer as it is transformed with an incredible free festival celebrating local  imagination, innovation, and culture. The Festival champions creativity in every form across performance and visual arts, including circus, opera, dance, music, spoken word, young  people’s take-over stages, talks and workshops. 

Co-creation, experimentation and open sharing will feed into the formation of extraordinary experiences in extraordinary times. The Festival is driven by desire for positive impact and the  aim of supporting the borough’s diverse community and creative practitioners, as they  remerge from a long year of Covid lockdown. The curated outdoor programming is free of  charge, and with ‘pay as much as you want’ policy making scheduled activities accessible to everyone.

Passionate about empowering locals, much of the focus is on young people, community  organisations and residents exploring their creativity. The inspirational and surprising  experiences will be safe and with the latest Covid-safety regulations in mind, including in-person  events and online interactive ways to get involved.


The Festival is evolving every day and we do not want anyone to miss out! We’ll post announcements about the programme, launch events, opportunities for artists, ideas-sharing sessions, internships, workshops and calls for volunteers, regularly here on our website, newsletters and social media.

Kensington + Chelsea Festival is Funded by Kensington and Chelsea Council​ and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.