Jun 4 - Aug 28
From outdoor theatre and dance, to film and storytelling, our spectacular events programme will deliver fantastic entertainment all summer long.
Working alongside our local artists and culture partners we have developed a programme which will see events take place right across Hounslow, with many offered either for free or at low cost.
More events are being confirmed all the time, so keep an eye on these pages to find out more about what’s on offer.
‘Amor’, 9.30pm on 4 June, Bell Square Hounslow
Internationally renowned French company Cie Bilbobasso launch our Summer of Culture in spectacular fashion on the weekend of the Queen’s platinum Jubilee with their show
‘Amor’. This explosive and fire-loaded show tells the story of a (literally) combustible relationship in an imaginative blend of tango, physical theatre and pyrotechnics. It’s stunning to watch and will mesmerise you!
No need to book, just come along. The show is free.
‘Aliens from Mons’, 9.30pm on 30 July, Bell Square Hounslow
The award-winning Polish theatre company Teatr Ad Spectatores perform Aliens from Mons lying down on the stage. A camera films their movements and projects them on a screen as a mix of Chaplin-style silent film antics (complete with matching music and flickering captions) and circus-like live action. Aliens of Mons is truly entertaining — a magic mix of comedy, quirkiness, and just plain brilliance. A “movie in a theatre” experience that brings about all sorts of magical weirdness to the stage.
‘Anhad’, 13 August, Bell Square & Hounslow High Street
‘Anhad’ is a one-day festival of South Asian outdoor arts, showcasing the best of South Asian outdoor arts for everyone to enjoy. This will be a colourful and visual celebration of South Asian arts and culture, as part of South Asian Heritage Month, featuring the best local & national artists. Expect breath- taking music, dance, performance, installations at Bell Square & along a specially decorated Hounslow High Street.
‘Deblozay’, 8.30pm on 27 August, Hounslow High Street & Bell Square
The grand finale for Summer of Culture is Deblozay (“Bedlam” in Haitian Creole) by internationally renowned outdoor performance company, Rara Woulib. Working with community groups, residents and local artists from across the borough, Rara Woulib will create a spectacular, mass participation event in Hounslow town centre to create a night-time trip through the memory of Hounslow and its inhabitants where theatre, image and soundscapes come together in stunning fashion. The project unearths and celebrates ‘lost memories’ of the location and its communities, drawing in as wide a range of participants and audiences as possible, including those whose voices are rarely heard.
The Lates, 11 to 24 July
A two-week programme of creativity in our cultural venues across the borough. The Lates programme will see music, spoken word, performance and dance taking place in the evenings at venues across Hounslow.
All of the events will be ticketed, but much of the programme will be subsidised, with many of the events free of charge or available at a low cost.
Historic Library Exhibitions, June to August
Taking place in all 11 libraries in the borough, as well as online, residents whatever their age and wherever they live, will have the opportunity to find out more about Hounslow’s rich heritage. Alongside exhibitions showcasing the history of the area, visitors will have the opportunity to contribute to our archive to capture how the borough looks now, in exciting new ways.
Community Grant – Funded Events and Activities
Hounslow has a rich culture of communities right across our borough and we want all our residents and communities to be a key part of the Summer of Culture programme. We have awarded 37 successful applications from a variety of organisations and individuals delivering events and activities at the heart of our communities.
We have a host of activities taking place in the borough being delivered by new and established community groups – we see these as the gems in our crown, from historic tours to outdoor festivals; we’re desperate to shine a light on these local opportunities to take part.