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The Wac Arts Weekender is a four day event opening the doors of Wac Arts, presenting our young people, professional artists and creative friends. Masterclasses, a Mothering Sunday tea party, open workshops, panel discussions, performances and lots more!

23rd-26th March 2017

As a key part of the future vision of Wac Arts, We are looking to develop our iconic building to connect with the community and the industry to become one of London’s key arts and cultural hubs, with learning through the whole age range from 5 – 95. The Wac Arts Weekender is one of the early steps on the journey of elevating Wac Arts as we build the vision and plan.

This event will show the fantastic programmes we have on offer through a series of master classes and performances open to the public. It will also feature classes and performances run by our resident groups, including Starline Entertainment, University of the Third Age and Akademi South Asian Dance UK.



University of the Third Age (U3A)

• 11.30am-1pm – FREE
The University of the Third Age drama group, led by Barry Rae, presents an abridged version of Under Milkwood by Dylan Thomas.

Wac Arts College Sharing

• 12pm-2pm – FREE
Sharing of student work by Wac Arts College from the pre and post 16 cohorts.

Akademi Choreographic Commissions Sharing

• 2pm-6pm – Invite only (email
Earlier this year Akademi launched ‘Akademi Choreography Commissions’, a choreographic development opportunity that supports South Asian dance projects created by innovative artists.
This initiative is open to artists with a professional background in any Indian dance style. Akademi accepts applications from the entire Indian dance canon; including all varieties of Indian dance from classical to contemporary, and everything in between.
Three of the five successful artists will present their work-in-progress to an invited audience. The sharing
will provide an opportunity for artists to discuss their choreographic process, show their work and gain valuable feedback from industry professionals, prior to a final performance in May 2017.

Interactive Extravaganza

• 6pm-9pm – £2
Wac Arts Disability and Inclusion Programmes present
an Interactive Extravaganza. As the Wac Arts Interactive project comes to the end Wac Arts now premieres the Arrival of Pod, a multi-media play with a live digital orchestra. There will also be a sharing of work from Wonder Wac Arts, with a unique dance performance from the Over 18’s and exciting solo performances.[/one_fourth]


Horton Jazz Masterclass with David Blake

• 10am-12pm – £15
Open class aimed at professionals or those with previous dance training.

Drama Workshop with Anthony Lennon

• 10am-11.30am – £5 (FREE to school groups*) Introductory drama workshop aimed at 15-18 yrs olds.

University of the Third Age (U3A)

• 10am-11.15am – FREE
Judith Nasatyr invites U3A members to partake in a yoga class where observers are welcome.
• 11.20am-12.25pm – FREE
Sheila Rockett conducts the U3A choir, members are invited to partake and observers are welcome.

Aerials Workshop with Angeliki Nikolakaki

• 11.45pm-1.15pm – £5 (FREE to school groups*)
• 4pm-5.30pm – £5 (FREE to school groups*)
Introduction to Hoop and Silk work, no previous experience necessary but appropriate clothing required.
Afro House Dance Workshop with Sheila Attah • 11.45pm-1.15pm – £5 (FREE to school groups*)
An introduction to this highly energetic dance that draws on the traditions of African, hip hop and other club culture.

Wac Arts Diploma 1st/2nd Year Sharing

• 2pm-3.30pm – £3
Our Diploma in Musical Theatre 1st and 2nd years share work created this term in dance, vocals and drama.

Singing Workshop with Rachel Bennett

• 4pm-5.30pm – £5 (FREE to school groups*)
This ensemble vocal workshop explores the harmonic structures of protest songs and soul music.

Panel Discussion with Starline Entertainment

• 4-6pm – £5
Behind the Scenes – From Script Idea to Screen Reality: How to get your film financed, produced, delivered and released. Starline Entertainment’s Carey Fitzgerald chairs a panel of experts across the film and TV industries to discuss and reveal the secrets behind getting an idea onto the screen.

Wac Arts Diploma Showcase

• 7pm-8pm (Bar opens at 6.30) – £3
Showcasing the best of the best from all years combined.[/one_fourth]


Wonder Wac Arts Drum Circle

• 2.15pm-2.45pm – £1
Wac Arts Disability and Inclusion Programme Wonder Wac Arts will be showing off their percussion and drumming skills in what’s sure to be a noisy, fun workshop. Join in – all are welcome. This workshop is fully inclusive.

Junior Wac Arts Music and Vocal Performance

• 4pm-5.30pm – £2
Junior Wac Arts are our Saturday young performers aged 5-14. They will share their work from the group music classes including singers and 1-2-1 instrumentals, showcasing the best of their work this term.

Question and Answer session with Disabilities and Inclusions Team

• 5pm – £2
Wac Arts facilitates a conversation about the ways creative and fun learning supports young people with disabilities towards developing greater independence for their adult pathways. With expert speakers.

Junior Wac Arts Dance & Drama Performance

• 7pm-8:30pm (Bar opens at 6.30) – £2
Junior Wac Arts take to the stage again – this time showcasing everything they’ve learned in their drama and dance classes this term.[/one_fourth]


Wac Arts Film Happening

• 2pm-4pm – £3
A showcase of short films from Wac Arts programmes including 2017 BAFTA winning short film Home and 2016 Oscar winning short film Stutterer. With an exclusive opportunity to meet Home Producer Afolabi Kuti!

Drivetime in Real Time

Simon Mayo interviews Simon Callow to a live audience.
• 4pm-5pm – £5
Simon Callow will be in the building with Radio 2’s Simon Mayo, offering you the unique opportunity to put forward your own questions!
Simon Callow’s latest book, Being Wagner, has just been published, and he is currently rehearsing an all-star cast of Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist, which starts previews at the Trafalgar Studios on April 3rd. Simon Mayo is author of YA series, Itchcraft and Blame.

Mothering Sunday Tea Party

• 4pm-6pm – FREE
Mothers Day drop in! Treat your family (and yourself) by coming along to this Mothering Sunday Tea party. You
will be able to enjoy tea, cake and live music as well as creating a memorable moment using our green screen technology and much more! Refreshments kindly provided by Thornton’s Budgens.

Senior Wac Arts Show and Presentation Nite

• 6pm-8.15pm (Bar opens at 5pm) – £3
Senior Wac Arts is our enrichment programme for young people aged 14-26. Come and enjoy this promenade performance, showcasing Senior Wac Arts, in and around the Atrium space in The Old Town Hall. Think Punch Drunk but with a Wac Arts edge.
Guests will then be invited to the Main Hall at Wac Arts to congratulate students on their hard work over the year and give out awards and certificates (optional).[/one_fourth_last]

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Money raised from the events will go towards supporting Wac Arts’ programmes.

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Full Weekend Pass– Get access to the whole Weekender for only £20*.

Book your full Wac Arts Weekender ticket here:

* These workshops are FREE to school groups. Please contact for details.
** This price does not include Akademi and U3A events.