Aldgate in Winter Festival will take place for the fourth consecutive year from 7-20 December.
The annual festival will be a celebration of the essence of community, exploring themes including ‘light, hope, nature’.
This year will take a different form given the impact of Covid, and will include a public exhibition taking place in four key sites across Aldgate:
- Aldgate Square’s Kahaila Café and the neighbouring St Botolph’s church steps and gardens;
- Toynbee Hall’s Community Centre;
- 33 Creechurch Lane
- Dorsett City Hotel, Aldgate High Street
All displays will be visible from the outside. An online events programme will be held which will include a talk from Tower Bridge, sessions from Toynbee Hall, conversations with Leyden Gallery, and creative workshops which people can take part in from their own homes.
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children Services Committee, Randall Anderson, said:
“Aldgate in Winter has become a local tradition. Community support, social connection and a sense of being part of something is, arguably, needed now more than ever.
“The restrictions on gatherings has meant that this year’s festival will be different, but we hope as many people as possible will take part to make this another successful event.”
“Many people have experienced the great sense of camaraderie which has emerged from the Covid-19 crisis and this is something which the festival harnesses, reinforces and celebrates.”
Online workshops will also be held in the lead up to 7 December, and as part of the online events programme from 7-20 December.