Illuminate Rotherhithe 2018 Festival

22-26  November  2018 Free Programme

Illuminate Rotherhithe Lantern Procession

Thursday 22nd November  5pm

Mayflower Park |Lagado Mews, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5PD

Everyone can take part in the lantern procession and  participate in the first event of the Illuminate Rotherhithe.

During the six weeks before the start of the festival there will be a series of free lantern making workshops run by London Bubble and led by local artist and theatre designer Cathy Wren and makers from the Rotherhithe Shed.




Three teams of mixed ages will build wheeled floats, and there will be drop-in workshops for children and their families to make hand held lanterns for the procession.

In 2017 the lantern procession wound through the streets and crossed the old canal to the east of Rotherhithe. In 2018 the approach will be from the west, connecting with the river and involving schools, youth groups and community centres situated between Tower Bridge and Rotherhithe.

On Thanksgiving 22nd November 2018, the procession will leave Mayflower Park at 5.00 pm  and arrive at St Peter’s and the Guardian Angels church in King’s Stairs gardens.

Illuminate Show at St Peter’s Church

Thursday 22nd November | 7.30 pm

St Peter’s church, King’s Stairs Gardens, Rotherhithe SE16 4 QD

The Illuminate Show in the church will feature local people talking about migration, Shakespeare on Sir Thomas More and the rioters, the Sephardi Jewish connection with the Pilgrims, a presentation by Stave Hill Ecological Park and the Young Farmers on how the Pilgrims grew food, Henry Mayhew, and much more, plus music and merriment with The Bluestocking Society: Tricity Vogue, Audacity Chutzpah and Ginger Blush.



Tales and Songs of Migration Concert

Friday 23rd November | 7.30 pm

Sands Films Theatre St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4 HZ

A concert by the Citizens of the World Choir and local people describing how their families settled here

The Citizens of the World Choir was established in March 2017 by a group of humanitarian and musical professionals. In a short time, the choir has brought together people from over 15 different nationalities in a musical project


Family Barn Dance

Mayflower Hall, Neptune Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 7JP

Saturday 24th November | 12 -3pm

A family Barn Dance with The Ceilidh Tree. Dance along to stomping fiddle and caller to teach the moves. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks provided.

Free entry. All ages welcome. Prize for best dressed pirates and mermaids


Comic Opera for All with Musica Antica Rotherhithe

Saturday 24th November | 7.30pm

Sands Films Theatre St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4 HZ

Musica Antica Rotherhithe was founded in 2016 by local musicians Oliver Doyle and Jessica Eucker, with the aim of bringing regular performances of Early Music to SE16.

While specialising in the performance of 17th Century chamber music, their repertoire extends into opera, and to the works of composers writing in the High-Late Middle Ages, often overlooked in programmes today.


Illuminate Rotherhithe Free Screenings

Sunday 25th November | The Pilgrims 11am and Human Flow 6.30pm

Sands Films Theatre St Marychurch Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4 HZ


Artistic Artifacts

Sunday 25th November | 6pm

Canada Water Library 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR

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